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City officials prep for winter storm

In Texarkana, city officials are not taking their storm preparations lightly.

In Texarkana, city officials are not taking their storm preparations lightly.


A 72-hour plan has been set up for most of the area.


It was a busy day in Texarkana, Texas, many worked hard to get ready for winter storm Cleon.


"We're planning for the worst, and hoping for the best," said Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Schlotter.


Slick and wintery conditions are expected for most of the area, so city and emergency personnel created a 72-hour response plan.


"Friday, our true potential begins, so Friday-Monday is a period we're watching and preparing for," said Schlotter.

 

Part of that plan is to be ready to help with anything, including slippery roads.

 

"The risks that we believe will be highest include iced roads, most likely elevated bridges in town, and secondary will be power outages," said Schlotter.

 

Both cities are prepared to deal with ice and below freezing temperatures. But there are also ways you can prepare just in case the worst happens.

 

Local Red Cross Officials say the best thing to do, is make an emergency kit.

 

"Get a big Tupperware and fill it with some items you probably already have," said Ellen Walker. "A first aid kit, an extra cell phone, radio, warm winter clothes are some items to include."

 

They also add if you can, to stay put, advice emergency personnel hope everyone follows.


"The best way to make it through this is to have a plan in place where you don't have to leave your home," said Schlotter.


"If you do need to drive, call your contact and tell them where you are ahead of time," said Walker.

 

Almost 1/4 inch of ice is expected from winter storm Cleon.

 

"We stand ready," said Schlotter.

 

The more residents prepare, the better.


There is a possibility shelters in the Texarkana area will open their doors, you'll want to stay tuned to Channel 6 for updates.


Other ways to prepare include:  


  • Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing. Sand or non-clumping kitty litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery. Additionally, make sure you have a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in your home in the event of a power outage. 
  • Heeding Storm Warnings: A winter storm WATCH means winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions via NOAA Weather radio, or local radio or television stations. A winter storm WARNING means that life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Individuals in a warning area should take precautions immediately.  
  • Preparing Your Home and Car:  Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full, which will help to keep the fuel line from freezing. Make sure your home is properly insulated by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to help keep cold air out. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. Running water, even at a trickle, helps to prevent pipes from freezing. 

More information can be found at www.redcross.org/northeasttexas or at www.facebook.com/redcrossnetexas.



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