Winter Weather Awareness Week

Raleigh 1884: A group of men gaze at a snow sculpture of a woman with a bustle skirt. (H.1955.21.10)

We’re nearing the end of North Carolina’s designated Winter Weather Awareness Week (November 25- December 1, 2012) Although snow can be a lot of fun, especially here in the Piedmont and down East where it’s infrequent, storms do pose dangers.

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Hazardous driving conditions, downed power lines, and breaking tree limbs are some of the risks involved with winter storms. The photograph on the left shows a car stuck in the snow in Sparta (Alleghany County) on March 2, 1942. On the right, a 1915 Raleigh street scene shows damage from an April storm. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has posted some useful reminders here.

In addition, FEMA and partner agencies have put together a preparedness guide that includes a useful list of supplies to maintain in the home or office to help weather winter storms and the power outages they often bring.

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Shown here, a crew shovels snow to clear the way for a state truck to bring supplies to the Mount Mitchell warden station in the 1930s.

Does your institution maintain a supply of blankets, flashlights, batteries, water, and non-perishable food? These are important preparedness measures for winter storms. In a worst-case scenario, members of the public or staff could be stranded at your site and if a storm is bad enough to shut roads down, then power loss is also a real possibility.

Has your institution ever sustained damage from a winter storm? What preparedness measures can you recommend to others in our cultural heritage community?

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