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DPS advising Texans to prepare for winter weather...are you ready?

From the Texas Department of Public Safety:

AUSTIN – TheTexas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging Texans to preparefor another strong cold front expected to impact parts of Texas beginningtonight and continuing through Wednesday. Forecasts indicate the possibility offreezing rain, sleet and snow accumulation across portions of Texas.

"As Texas braces for more coldtemperatures reminiscent of last week's wintry blast, DPS advises residents tocontinue monitoring the changing weather conditions in their area and toprepare for any weather-related hazards," said DPS Director Steven McCraw."Drivers should use extra caution on roadways in areas experiencing freezingrain, sleet or snow, all of which can create extremely dangerous drivingconditions."

In preparation for this winter weather,the State Operations Center will activate to Level III (increased readinessconditions) to monitor and coordinate this weather event. Several stateagencies, including the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas MilitaryForces, and Texas Parks and WildlifeDepartment, are standing by to assist communities with this weather event asneeded.

DPS offers the following tips forstaying safe during inclement weather:

  • Avoid unnecessary travel if possible, monitor local weather broadcasts, and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions at http://www.weather.gov/.
  • Remember that ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shady areas.
  • On icy roads, drive slowly, increase distance needed for stopping, and avoid using cruise control.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip – check fluid and antifreeze levels.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it's the law.

For more information on road conditionsstatewide, check www.drivetexas.org or call800-452-9292.

In addition, here is a list of emergencysupplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:

  • Blankets/sleeping bags and extra clothing, mittens and hat
  • Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries
  • First-aid kit and pocket knife
  • High-calorie, nonperishable food, bottled water
  • Sack of sand or cat litter to provide traction for tires
  • Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel

Foradditional information regarding winter weather preparedness, visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/winterStormPlanning.htm


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