Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2015 Vol. 62 No. 1

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

Winter Weather Preparedness

Outlook – An outlook is used to indicate that a hazardous winter weather event may develop. It is intended to provide information to those who need considerable lead time to prepare for the event.

Watch – A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous winter weather event has increased, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. When a watch is issued, it’s prudent to listen to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards and check the forecast frequently at NOAA’s National Weather Service Web site.

Warning/Advisory – These products are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. An advisory is for less serious conditions that cause significant inconvenience and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life and property.

Before, during and after a storm, pay close attention to your local National Weather Service forecast for detailed information on the type of weather conditions expected, accumulations, possible impacts, as well as advisories, watches and warnings.

Drive safer this winter

To keep safe, consider doing the following before driving in winter weather conditions, especially if the National Weather Service has issued warnings or watches in your area:

  • Keep the gas tank full to keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Let someone know your destination, route, and when you expect to arrive.
  • Keep a cell phone or other emergency communication device with you.
  • Pack your car with thermal blankets, extra winter clothes, basic tool kit, (including a good knife and jumper cables), an ice scraper and shovel, flashlights or battery-powered lanterns with extra batteries, and high calorie, nonperishable food, and water.
  • Use sand or kitty litter under your tires for extra traction, especially if you find yourself stuck in a slippery spot.

Ready.Gov Winter Weather
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