SCEMD’s tips to be prepared ahead of another expected round of winter weather

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The South Carolina Emergency Management Division urges Midlands residents to stay off the roads for unnecessary travel, as they’re predicting the possibility of snow, freezing rain and ice accumulations in much of the Palmetto State, lasting into Saturday.

If you have to drive, make sure you check your check your car’s fluids, battery and tires. Double check your phone is charged and you have extra blankets and snacks in case of delays or possible road closures.

“This next winter storm is expected to impact much of the state that wasn’t affected by last weekend’s storm, possibly more,” SCEMD Director Kim Stenson said. “Everyone should expect power outages and dangerous road conditions. Make sure your home and your family are as prepared as possible, and be sure to check on anyone you know who may need a little extra help staying safe and warm this weekend.”

SCEMD also encourages every household to have an emergency preparedness plan in place in case you lose power, and that includes a winter weather supplies kit that can be put together pretty easily if you plan ahead. Get a waterproof container and add flashlights with extra batteries, as well as extra portable chargers to keep your phone charged. Throw in some water and non-perishable snacks, basic first aid supplies and blankets or sleeping bags to help keep you warm.

For more tips from SCEMD, visit the South Carolina Severe Winter Weather Guide at

You can count on ABC Columbia News and Chief Meteorologist John Farley on air and online to keep you up to date.

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