GRAHAM, N.C. -- Brian Ward lives in the Mallard Creek community in Graham, a neighborhood that got buried under seven to eight inches of snow this week.
"It caused a few road hazards, a few road problems," Ward said.
But Ward and many of his neighbors were able to avoid those road problems without even going outside.
"People understood that they were safe to drive at a certain point," he said.
With the click of a button, Ward and other residents in the area knew how much snow was coming, which roads were clear or dangerous and other snow survival tips through the Next Door app.
"You can let people know that it's safe, that it's not safe,” he said. “Where maybe to watch out for kids that are sledding down a hill."
"We have half the houses in this neighborhood are connected to this app."
Next Door is location-based social media.
"Whereas Facebook goes to everywhere in the world, Next Door is just your local community," Ward said.
Using the app, Ward and his neighbors alerted each other about road conditions. They also used it to get trash picked up after garbage hadn't been collected because of the snow.
"We had two weeks of trash that had piled up on our curbs," he said.
"I get the alerts on my phone," said neighbor Monica Wilson.
Wilson says she made sure to check the app each time she got on the road.
"People were saying which roads were cleared and if the salt truck was coming through," she said.