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With what could be the season’s worst snow storm on the way, the Catawba Valley is bracing for impact. From emergency management in Burke County to the Lenoir Police Department to the City of Hickory, preparation is the key word.

“We went ahead and made contact with some of our shelters that we have throughout the county. We’ve got those on standby,” said Mike Long, Burke County Emergency Management Director. “EMS has got seven crews normally 24 hours a day, plus one eight to five crew, we’re gonna put two more crews there.”

“We’ll brine the day before a storm, like we’re doing today," said Steve Miller, Hickory Street Division Manager. "When the storm actually hits, we’ll be salting and sanding and plowing until the event is over with.”

Chief Scott Brown of the Lenoir Police Department says his responsibility is to support public works and emergency management. “We’re gonna make sure we have extra staffing on hand. We’re gonna make sure our vehicles are equipped with studded tires so if somebody does call and need our services, we can respond and be there.”

A number of trucks are spreading a mixture called brine, which is roughly 23 percent salt and the rest is water on roads throughout the Unifour. It is used to lessen the impact snow and ice have on the roads. Even with the brine, officials encourage everyone to stay off the roads.

“We just recommend staying home for 72 hours,” said Long.

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