Did you participate in PrepareAthon?
If you participated in
PrepareAthon, we have created two surveys, one for homes and
one for businesses to complete. The survey should take
less than a minute to complete and your data will be crucial
in us identifying how well the PrepareAthon Campaign was
To help grow our database with the
most reliable information, we are strongly
encouraging everyone to register on our Code Red
Community Notification Enrollment Page (CNE).
The secure, customized CNE page allows our residents
and businesses to add or update their contact
information to ensure they will be included when an
emergency, general, or weather message is sent –
unlisted numbers, mobile numbers, TD/TTY
requirements can all be entered. Below are
some advantages of the Weather Notification service
provided by Code Red:
Stay Safe: Code Red Weather Warning will
alert registered citizens, in the direct path of
Notifications will be sent out moments after a
severe thunderstorm warning, tornado warning, or
flash flood warning has been issued by the
National Weather Services. Only citizens
in the immediate impact area will be alerted
Caller ID: Registered citizens will
know the call is from Code Red Weather Warning
when you see the telephone number
1-800-566-9780. If you would like to hear
the last message delivered to your phone simply
dial the number back.
Your contact information will remain private and
will only be used for severe weather or
Register to get the Call: Users must
opt-in to receive weather notifications.
everyone taking a moment to fill out the CNE, we can
ensure the citizens of Spartanburg County receive
timely notifications via multiple platforms (email,
cell, landline, text). If you wish to receive
these notifications, please click on the logo above:
Hazard Mitigation Survey
take a few minutes to complete this
Spartanburg County is working together
to become less vulnerable to natural
hazards, such as winter storms,
tornadoes, and floods, as well as
man-made hazards, including hazardous
materials incidents and terrorism, and
your participation is important to us!
county, along with local jurisdictions
and other partners, are working to
prepare a multi-jurisdictional Hazard
Mitigation Plan. This Plan
will identify and assess our community’s
natural and man-made hazard risks and
determine how to best mitigate, or
minimize and manage, those risks.
survey is an opportunity for you to
share your opinions and participate in
the mitigation planning process. The
information you provide will help us
better understand your hazard concerns
and can lead to mitigation activities
that should help lessen the impacts of
future hazard events.
Please help us by clicking
complete this very important survey.
Winter Weather Safety
Before Winter Weather seasons
gets here, make sure your home and car are ready for the
cold weather. Therefore, Emergency Management suggests the
following winter safety tips.
Getting Your Home Ready for Winter:
Check battery-powered equipment -
flashlight(s), portable radio and/or TV. Keep additional, fresh batteries
Have furnace checked. Check heating fuel
supplies. Do not allow fuel to get low because, in snowy or icy weather,
fuel carriers may not be able to reach you.
Check attic and basement insulation. Wrap
basement pipes and hot-water heaters with special insulating "blankets."
Caulk or weather-strip doors and windows.
Stock up on sand and ice-melting chemicals.
Have alternate heating source - fireplace,
wood stove, space heater. Equipment should be approved for indoor use.
Properly ventilate room and use strict fire safety measures.
Have fireplace cleaned by a professional
Keep space heaters at least three feet away
from any combustible materials, including drapes, carpeting and furniture.
Do not drape gloves, socks, or other clothing
over a space heater to dry.
Keep children and pets away from heating
Fuel-filled equipment should be filled
outdoors when completely cooled.
Have a smoke detector on each level of the
home. Check batteries monthly.
Have a fire extinguisher near each heating
Assemble an emergency supplies kit (enough
for at least three days):
Extra supplies of
high energy food and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration (Suggestion
for canned foods: 10 cans per person)
Bottled water (one
gallon per person per day)
Extra blankets or
First aid kit,
including all essential medications
If You Are
Caught in a Winter Storm:
Stay Inside. When using an alternate heat source (fireplace, wood stove, space
heater, etc.), be sure to: use fire safeguards, and properly ventilate the room.
If you have no heat: Turn off electrical appliances that were
on when the power went off to avoid a power surge when the electricity is
restored. Use flashlights to see. Do not use candles, since they greatly
increase the chance of having a fire in your home. Close off unneeded rooms.
Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors. Cover windows at night.
Eat and drink: Food provides the body with energy to produce
its own heat. Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration.
Wear layers of loose-fitting, light-weight, warm clothing. Layering clothes
keeps you warmer than a single layer of heavy clothing. Remove layers to avoid
overheating, perspiration, and subsequent chill.
Things you can do:
Check the car's heater and defroster, making
sure the vents are not clogged and that they'll put out warm air when
Wiper blades should be in excellent
condition, free of nicks and cracks. If in doubt, replace them. You are a
danger to yourself and others if you can't see where you are going.
Wipers without window washer fluid won't do
much good - they'll only smear the mud and slush on the windshield. You can
empty your washer reservoir in no time, so keep a spare jug of washer fluid
in the trunk. Use a commercial grade fluid that will not freeze and never
use plain water as washer fluid.
Tires need deep tread to grip snow and mud. A
good "all season" tire is OK for most parts of South Carolina.
Always keep your car's gas tank at least half
full during the winter for two reasons: one, you're less likely to have
condensation in the tank; and two, you are not as likely to run out of gas
in an emergency.
Things your mechanic should do.
Before cold weather arrives, make sure your
car is in top condition. A tune-up and the proper engine oil will make your
car start easier and run better during winter months. Be sure to have all
the belts and hoses checked. It is especially important to make sure your
car's battery and charging system are in good condition.
When checking the antifreeze, remember to
have it checked for its freezing point, as well as the quantity. If the
antifreeze has not been changed in more than a year, it may be time to have
it replaced and the cooling system flushed out.
Brakes should be checked by a professional
mechanic, and worn or damaged parts replaced.
Leaks in the exhaust system can be deadly,
especially in winter when windows are closed tight and the car's heater is
set on re-circulate. If you do become stuck in the snow and run the engine
and heater, be sure the exhaust pipe is clean of snow, ice and debris. It is
best to keep a window opened slightly to keep carbon monoxide from building
up inside the passenger compartment.
Keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle,
especially during winter:
Flashlight, extra batteries
Blanket or sleeping bag
First aid kit
Extra warm clothing
Sack of sand or kitty litter (for traction if
stuck in snow)
Windshield scraper and brush
Extra washer fluid
Winter Driving Safety Tips
See and be seen -
While it may be a chore to remove the snow and ice from all the vehicle's
windows, you'll greatly reduce the chance of having an accident if you can see
where you are going and what is coming toward you from all sides. Be sure to
remove snow and ice from headlights, tail lights and brake lights. For added
safety, keep your headlights on whenever you are driving.
Slow down - Allow more time to get to your destination during snowy
weather. It takes substantially longer for a car to stop on snow covered or icy
roads, so allow more space between vehicles. Rather than the normal two-to-three
seconds between cars, increase the time to eight-to-ten seconds.
Using brakes on snow and ice is tricky, at best; and can be disastrous. Know
what kind of brakes you car has. To avoid locking your breaks (thus losing
traction and going into a skid), try using the "squeeze" technique. Keep the
heel of your foot on the floor and use your toes to apply pressure to the brake
pedal. If the wheels lock, ease off the pressure slightly until the wheels again
begin turning. If your car has anti-lock brakes, do not pump them, but apply a
steady, even pressure. If in doubt about the kind of brakes on your car, check
your vehicle owner's manual.
Getting unstuck from a snow bank or muddy road shoulder takes patience and a
light foot on the gas. Don't spin the tires! Find the path of least resistance
between your car and solid ground, then clear the snow from in front, behind and
around all four tires. Next liberally sprinkle sand or kitty litter in front and
behind all drive wheels. Remember to keep the front wheels as straight as
possible - the more your wheels are pointed to either side the more resistance
they create, and the harder it will be to get unstuck. Now, put the car in the
lowest gear and gently press down on the gas. If necessary, create a rocking
motion - forward-reverse-forward-reverse-forward - to give the car some
momentum; but don't spin the wheels!
Control in a skid involves three things: 1 - don't panic; 2 - don't hit the
brakes; and 3 - do take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you
want the car to go. Once the car has slowed down you'll be able to steer out of
the skid and brake to a halt if needed.
Remember to always drive defensively!