Two extreme cold fronts are on the way to Texas. One with more wind blowing in late Thursday into Friday and another late in the weekend with Arctic chill. Be sure to use the next couple days to prepare by securing loose things outdoors and winterizing your home and vehicle. We all remember the winter storm of 2021 that left many without electricity and supplies.

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To get prepared for the upcoming winter weather in Texas:

  • Trim trees hanging over your house and cars.
  • Winterize your pool and check your coverage.
  • Wrap outdoor and indoor pipes in unheated areas.
  • Remove water hoses and wrap outdoor pipes.
  • Drain and turn off your lawn sprinkler system.
  • Turn off the water to your clothes washer if it’s in an unheated garage.
  • Store your lawn equipment and furniture in a garage or shed to keep them in good condition.

If electricity goes out, make sure you have the following handy:

  • Lighting. Be sure you have a flashlight and extra batteries, candles, an oil lamp, and solar lights.
  • Water. If you suspect the power might go out, fill your bathtubs and sinks. Have bottled water for drinking, at least a case of water.
  • Food. Have at least three days of food for everyone in the family, including pets. Stockpile nonperishable foods you regularly eat. Don't forget a manual can opener!
  • First Aid. This would include a First Aid kit and any medications you take regularly.
  • Backup Power. If you can, purchase a backup generator.

Stay calm, stay home, stay warm - and don't forget the toilet paper!

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