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There’s nothing like a little snow and ice in the forecast to turn your attention to two very important detailsand no, I’m not talking about bread and milk. While North Carolina’s recent adverse weather event did send me hustling to the local grocer, I am a seasoned safety professional, well-versed in emergency preparedness!  I was in search of more important itemsbathroom tissue and Doritos!  

Equipped with the essentials and inspired by temperatures in the teens, sleet and freezing rain, I hunkered down on the couch and turned my attention to summer vacation planning. My internet surfing sights were set on finding a tropical paradise. And then it happened! The temperature outside began rising and before I could book my reservation, the mercury had risen to a balmy 58 degrees!

I guess it’s true what they say– If you don’t like the weather in NC, just wait 15 minutes.

But don’t wait another minute to prepare for the next severe weather season around the corner with these Hurricane Safety Resources from the National Weather Service. If you feel inspired after browsing the site, consider becoming a trainer to teach second responders about the hazards of disaster site clean-up.


Holli SingletonHolli Singleton is the Assistant Director of Safety & Health Services at NC State Industry Expansion Solutions. In addition to managing the services offered by the Safety and Health Specialists, she develops and presents workplace safety and health education courses, conducts work site assessments and provides occupational safety and environmental assistance to employers throughout the southeastern region of the United States.