City offices are expected to open at 10 a.m. on Jan. 4. We will continue to monitor conditions and will make decisions accordingly. Should there be a need to adjust the schedule, updates will be posted on the city’s web and social media sites.
The special and regular Planning Commission meetings scheduled for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 3 will not be held due to the weather. A revised date for both meetings will be announced in the coming days.
At this time, Thursday trash collection is not expected to be affected.
City workers completed preparations for the weather, putting sand and brine on major city streets and bridges. City streets crews prepped spreader trucks and snow plows. Traffic, stormwater and streets personnel will be on-call to respond as needed, in addition to public safety staff. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is responsible for major roads such as Market Street and South College Road.
Some weather safety tips from the Wilmington Fire Department:
- Prepare now. Get flashlights and extra batteries. Get supplies ready and heed warnings about icy conditions. Don’t go out unless absolutely necessary.
- Rearrange furniture and decorations to give space heaters space. Keep anything that can burn, including people and pets, at least 3 feet from the heat source. UNPLUG space heaters when going to bed or not in use. Unplugging space heaters reduces the risk of fire from that heat source completely.
- If using fuel burning heaters or fire place, use a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm to warn of high CO levels and make sure the room is sufficiently ventilated. CO is a silent killer that cannot be smelled or seen. The symptoms of CO poisoning can include drowsiness and flu-like symptoms. If using heating oil, wood, kerosene or natural gas, be especially cautious of CO poisoning as burning fossil fuels creates carbon monoxide. High levels of CO can be fatal.
- Never use an oven or a grill for an interior heat source. Working smoke alarms save lives. DO NOT IGNORE a sounding alarm. Get out and call 9-1-1 from outside the house.
- If the power goes out, use flashlights NOT candles to light your way.
- Be aware of what is on your stove top or in your oven if the power shuts off. Be sure to turn power knobs to off if the power goes out to avoid a fire when electricity is restored.
The Wilmington Fire Department urges citizens to think safety and prepare for potentially dangerous conditions. Heed warnings and keep news and radio tuned to local media for updated information.
For updates, citizens can check:
- Web: http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov
- Facebook: @cityofwilmington
- Twitter: @cityofwilm
- GTV: Spectrum (formerly Time Warner) Channel 8