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CHARMECK ALERTS The CharMeck Alerts Notification System relays accurate and timely emergency notifications. You control how you’re contacted—whether it’s on your cell, work or home phone, via text, email or voice message. You can receive up-to-the-minute notifications about events and emergencies that may affect your home, workplace or other points of interest—anywhere in Mecklenburg County. Sign up here or call CharMeck 311. To receive CDOT-specific alerts, you must sign up for that item in the list.


January 14, 2015

City services are not impacted by weather
The City of Charlotte and its key partners have not reported any service impacts due to weather at this time. Staff will continue to monitor for inclement weather and are ready to respond if needed. Temperatures are anticipated to continue to drop early morning, but are expected to rise above freezing around 9 - 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
 
The City and its partnering agencies are taking the following steps to ensure the public’s safety:
  • City of Charlotte offices will operate on a normal schedule.
  • The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) has been treating Charlotte bridges and culverts with salt brine overnight and will continue to monitor conditions. City Street Maintenance crews (24 employees) continue to operate 12 trucks throughout the morning. There have been no calls to treat any icy spots. CDOT cautions residents to be aware that black ice on streets and sidewalks can form quickly. Motorists and pedestrians should be extra cautious, drive slower, and allow room for heavy equipment treating roads.
  • Citizens should report icy road conditions by calling 311. Actual emergencies and accidents should be directed to 911.
  • The Charlotte Fire Department will monitor road conditions as crews are out on calls.
  • The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will run a regular schedule on CATS buses and LYNX trains.  Should conditions worsen, customers should go to http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/cats/alerts/Pages/inclement.aspx  for the most up-to-date information.  CATS will post regular updates regarding each CATS route and their detours due to inclement weather. Customers can also call CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE (7433), visit the CATS website or follow CATS on Twitter @CATSRideTransit.
  • The weather forecast is being monitored closely at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), which is prepared to make adjustments to operations and staffing to assist customers and partners. CLT is working with airline partners and will initiate deicing operations if needed.
    Terminal roadways and the upper level roadways are currently being treated as a precaution and Airport roadways, overpasses, elevated surfaces and parking areas will continue to be monitored and treated if necessary.
  • Solid Waste Services will operate on a normal schedule.
  • Mecklenburg County will monitor the situation and respond to changing conditions if needed.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) released the following tweet this morning, “CMS is operating on a normal schedule.”

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January 13, 2015 - The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory for portions of the Charlotte metro area from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday.  Below are some cold-weather tips.


In case of a power outage, please print out this printable emergency contact list.​

Charlotte Department of Transportation
The Charlotte Department of Transportation will be treating Charlotte bridges and culverts with salt and/or salt brine tonight under a “Condition A.” City Street Maintenance crews (24 employees) will be operating 12 trucks. 

Black ice on streets and sidewalks may form quickly. Motorists and pedestrians should be extra cautious, drive slower and allow room for heavy equipment treating roads.

Citizens should report icy road conditions by calling CharMeck 311. Also, reports of routine icing on City streets can be called in to 704-336-3200. Actual emergencies and accidents should be called in to 911.  


Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management
With predictions of cold, wintry weather right around the corner, Mecklenburg County residents are encouraged to practice the following winter safety tips:

At Home
  • Keep alternative heating sources prepared. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them. Make sure to turn off alternative heating sources when leaving the home.
  • Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators OUTSIDE and away from any open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from charcoal fumes indoors. 
  • Keep fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and weather radios. 
  • Always keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food in your home. 
  • If your pipes are vulnerable to freezing, i.e., they run through an unheated or unprotected space, consider keeping your faucet at a slow drip when extremely cold temperatures are predicted.
  • Keep a supply of candles available in the event of a power outage. Make sure to keep candles away from flammable objects, such as curtains, and out of the reach of children.
Find more tips and information here.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities 
Protect Your Water Pipes from Extreme Cold

Taking steps now can help prevent burst water pipes and costly repairs, especially when temperatures dip well below freezing for extended periods of time:
  • Insulate pipes in unheated parts of your home and save on energy costs by insulating your water heater. Insulation materials are available at local hardware stores.
  • Seal any openings and air leaks in crawl space or basement. Use cardboard, plastic or newspaper to seal air vents if necessary. 
For the complete list of cold weather tips and resources, visit the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities website.

Animal Care & Control
Winter Weather & Holiday Pet Safety Tips

'Tis the season for cold temperatures, winter weather and lots of potential pet hazards associated with holiday festivities and travel!  Below are some important winter weather tips, for additional information on keeping your pet safety this season visit the Winter Weather and Holiday Safety Tips section on Animal Care & Control's website.

When you take your dog out for bathroom breaks remember to consider the breed and the type of coat they have, some dogs cannot tolerate the cold temperatures for an extended period of time. 

Pets must build up a thicker coat and get their footpads toughened for snow and ice. Also, pets that get too cold could develop hypothermia or even frostbite. Animals that stay well-hydrated are less likely to be affected. That is why it is especially important to make sure your pet's water bowl does not freeze. Break up any ice that forms in the bowl and change the water frequently.

Animals also like the taste of antifreeze, but it is a deadly poison. The most likely source of antifreeze is from radiator drainage in your garage or driveway. If your car leaks any antifreeze, immediately wash it away with water.

OUTDOOR PETS – PROPER SHELTER
The best option for outdoor pets when temperatures fall below freezing is to bring pets inside.  However, if your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, let him get acclimated gradually to dropping temperatures. Outdoor pets need a sheltered place that is well-bedded with DRY straw, shavings or blanket strips that trap warm air. Remember, animals drag a lot of moisture into their bedding areas from snow, rain and mud. Check their bedding often and change it whenever it is wet. Also, outdoor pets need more food during the winter because extra calories allow them to produce more body heat.

CATS
Most cats prefer to spend the winter indoors, but if your cat prefers to stay outside, be very cautious. Cats left outdoors have a particular hazard because they often crawl into car engines to stay warm. When the engine is started up, the cat can be seriously injured or killed by the fan blade or belt.

PUPPIES             
Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside.

DOG FOOT (PAW) CARE
Make sure you thoroughly wipe off dog's legs, feet and stomach when they come in out of the snow or ice.  They can ingest salt, antifreeze or other dangerous chemicals if they lick their paws.  Be sure to inspect the pads of their feet for encrusted ice as they may crack from the cold.  Many dogs need boots in cold weather.

DOG OUTERWEAR
Dogs with very short coats have the least tolerance for cold. Extremely short-coated breeds include Greyhounds, Dobermans, Boxers, Boston Terriers, Chihuahuas, Miniature Pinschers and Miniature Dachshunds. These breeds should not go outside without a sweater or a coat. Dogs should not be shaved down to the skin during the winter months. If you bathe your dog during the winter, be sure the dry them completely before they go outside.​
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