Prepare your home
Have your furnace and wall heaters checked by a professional for safety and check all space heaters and keep them away from walls, curtains, and furniture
Replace the batteries in all of your smoke detectors and test the smoke alarms to make sure they work. If you have a gas heater or gas appliances, invest in a carbon monoxide detector.
Check the batteries in your NOAA Weather Radio.
When using heat from a fireplace, wood stove, space heater or other apparatus, use fire safeguards and ventilate properly.
Close off unused rooms. Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors. Cover windows at night.
Cover exposed plumbing fixtures and pipes or leave dripping when temperatures drop below freezing.
Prepare a survival kit with supplies needed to survive for a minimum of three days, including bottled water, nonperishable foods for family and pets, sleeping bags or bedding, extra clothes, medicine, flashlights, a battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, and a manual can opener.
Make sure you watch NBC 6 News to stay informed about possible storms or keep track of the weather anytime at ArkLaTexHomepage.com/wx
Prepare your vehicle
Give your vehicle a maintenance check for tires, brakes, battery, heating and defrosting system and windshield wipers.
Keep your washer fluid full of a nonfreezing solution.
Change the antifreeze, if needed, to protect the engine and radiator from freezing in cold temperatures.
Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
Pack and carry a winter storm survival kit, including: blankets or sleeping bags; additional warm clothing; a flashlight with extra batteries; first-aid kit; knife; high-calorie, non-perishable food such as candy bars; small can and water-proof matches to melt snow for drinking; windshield scraper and brush; booster cables.
Plan your travel. Check the weather at ArkLaTexHompage.com/wx before leaving. Know numbers to call and websites to check for road conditions. Let someone know your timetable and routes.
Watch out for your pets
Make sure pets have plenty of food, water and shelter.
Move animals to sheltered areas when possible.
Haul extra feed to nearby feeding areas.
Have water available; many animals can die from dehydration in winter storms.
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