East Texas prepares for winter weather

Reported By Courtney Lane clane@kltv.com

Counties and cities across East Texas are bracing for any dangers this wintry weather could blow our way. Oncor has trucks and crews on stand-by, ready to respond to restore any outages, and they're not the only ones who had a busy day.

The sand trucks are loaded, and so were grocery bags today.

What are people stocking up on?

"Water [and] some candy of course," said Janette Land.

Making a last-minute trip down the grocery isle. In case she can't go to work tomorrow, janette land wanted to stock-up on a few favorites.

"To make chili." "I got some things to make homemade soup as well."

Now's the time to cover-up plants, and your pets, too. Also, remember to have an emergency kit at hand.

"Have batteries, have water, have flashlights." "We already have plenty of batteries and candles and we have a fireplace with plenty of wood so we're all set."

On freezing nights like this, the salvation army prepares extra food and lodging.

"We've been gathering extra cots and blankets as well as hygiene kits for people who come in and we welcome them to do that because why be out in the cold when you can take advantage of the warmth that we have in the shelter."

Oncor says even a little bit of ice will weigh-down trees, causing a chain-reaction of problems.

"It pulls the tree down on to our power lines and causes it either to break or to just conduct electricity to ground and locks out the power line." "sometimes it's a long process on these storms."

Oncor says they also have tree-trimming crews on standby. Now if you do happen to experience a power outage, Oncor says to call the electrical emergency number, which you can find on your bill.

It's a different number, depending on what company you have. Also, remember to stay away from any downed-power lines.