Columbia, SC (WLTX) --The icy conditions expected in the coming days have some worried and others gearing up to respond.
"The ice is what has us concerned as opposed to two weeks ago what we got was a snowstorm," said Derrec Becker, the spokesman for the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
Becker says what we see this time could be worse than two weeks ago.
"Ice has the potential to freeze and result in a number of power outages. We've certainly seen that in the last ten years in South Carolina. That is always a concern. It makes road very treacherous, even roads that have already been treated," he said.
If you do lose your power, Becker says you should have a few things on hand.
"Have some sort type of means of getting emergency weather information, whether it be a NOAA weather radio with back up batteries. Make sure your mobile devices are charged. In the event of a major emergency, towers may be down. Texting can use less bandwidth so that's always a good thing to use," said Becker.
He also suggests ditching the milk and bread and stocking up on non-perishable food items. He recommends having your car checked out and keeping a change of clothes and a blanket in your car.
Lance Corporal David Jones with the South Carolina Highway Patrol says troopers will be out in full force over the next few days.
"We're gonna be looking at roads and bridges, overpasses to make sure that they're not accumulating ice. If we see that there's a problem at that point we're going to call DOT to have them come out, respond and clear that area," said Jones.
He says you should stay off the roads, but if you have to go out and you hit black ice react calmly.
"Press your brakes never slam them. Use a slow speed. Just because the speed limit says it's 45 doesn't mean you need to travel at 45 in these conditions. Slow down, create a larger distance between you and other vehicles," said Jones.