Always be prepared in the event of Winter Weather
There is a chance our region will see a wintery mix on Thursday, February 3rd in the evening followed into Friday that will bring ice. We do not expect this weather event to reach the same degree as the February of 2021 snow storm, but it is important to stay alert and prepared at all times!
In the event of ice accumulation, here are a few steps you can take now to be prepared!
- Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking and weather stripping.
- Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls to avoid freezing pipes. Keep water moving through your pipes by allowing a small trickle of water to run
- Keep space heaters at least three feet away from walls and combustible materials, including furniture and bedding. Turn them off when you’re away or sleeping. Also ensure space heaters cannot tip over and there is no damage to the cord
- Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights in the event of a power outage
- Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water and non-perishable snacks. Keep a full tank of gas.
- Winter weather creates a higher risk of car accidents. Slow down on the roads if you suspect ice is possible. Always stay alert when driving! Check road conditions before leaving the house by going to drivetexas.org
- Stock up on food and water supplies to last you a few days.
- Make sure all electronic devices are fully charged.
- Keep extra fuel on hand for generators in the event power is lost. Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet away from your home, doors, and windows to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Your pets are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite just like you! Bring them in from the cold and ensure they have enough food and water.
- Monitor your local weather broadcasts.
Take time now to prepare your home and avoid any damage freezing weather may bring. Stay safe if you are traveling on the roadways and slow down as you approach any bridges as they are susceptible to accumulating ice first.
For more way to be prepared please visit ready.gov or https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/ Road conditions can be checked anytime at www.drivetexas.org