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County offices to stay closed Tuesday

EOC offers winter weather tips

Posted: January 10, 2011 5:06 p.m.
Updated: January 10, 2011 4:54 p.m.

All Kershaw County government offices, including the county's landfill and recycling centers, will be closed Tuesday, according the Kershaw County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

"This closing is a precautionary measure to discourage any travel to the (Kershaw County) Government Center during the winter storm remnants from Monday," said Kershaw County EOC Public Information Officer Dennis Ray. "The snow and freezing rain on the roadways on Monday will stay frozen overnight and cause significant travel dangers on Tuesday."

Ray said Kershaw County Emergency Management Director Gene Faulkenberry has been in close communication with the National Weather Service and S.C. Emergency Management Division. He suggested residents visit the Kershaw County website for county information, S.C. Department of Transportation website for road conditions, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website for weather related information affectin the entire southeastern United States.

Ray in the event of a power outage, Ray said, never bring electric generators inside a home, be certain to use the correct fuel for heating devices, keep heating devices away from combustible materials like curtains, and never leave a lighted candle unattended. Keep batteries, flashlights, a battery operated radio, drinking water, and food on hand. Residents that require the use of electrical medical devices, such as oxygen, need to make preparations in the event of a power failure. Only call 911 in the event of a true emergency.

"Citizens are strongly encouraged to avoid all travel unless absolutely necessary until this weather event has passed and roads have been cleared," said Ray. "If you must travel, make sure to pack an emergency supply kit that includes drinking water, blankets and food as well as a cellular phone to contact emergency officials. Stay tuned to local media outlets often to receive updates on the severity of this event."

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