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Tips To Prepare For Winter Weather


We've been telling you all week to prepare for winter weather and possible power outages. Here are some other little things you may not think about until it's too late. KTEN's Katy Blakey has more.

If you've ever gone without power you know there's a lot of stuff you can no longer do. You can't wash laundry, you can't cook and it will be tough keeping the kids entertained.

  • Keep your cell phone charged over the next few days in case power goes out.
  • Think about moving some of your food from the refrigerator to the freezer. A full freezer will keep food for 48 hours if the power goes out and you keep the door closed.
  • Make sure you have plenty of batteries for flashlights.

Sherman's Fire Chief J. J. Jones has some other helpful tips to prepare for winter weather and power outages.

"Make sure you have plenty of flashlights," said Jones. "If the power goes out don't use candles. Use a flashlight or something safe for illumination. Think about something to entertain the kids in case you don't have cable TV. Also remember your portable phone is dependent on electricity. So an extra cell phone battery could be handy. Or go to Wal-Mart or Target and get a plug-in phone - an old analog telephone to plug into the phone jack - something that is not dependent on a battery, dependent on electricity to work."

Remember to think about the kids at home with no electricity, no video games and no TV.

"If you have kids at home they may be out of school on Friday so think about some entertainment for them that's not energy dependent - plenty of board games."

If you have young kids and they haven't experienced a power failure before, it could be a frightening experience. Think about talking to them ahead of time to prepare them in case it does happen and try to think of ways to make it fun.

Katy Blakey, KTEN News