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TEXOMA---- Is your house ready for the Arctic blast? If not, taking the time to run through a winter preparedness checklist now can save you from costly and difficult repairs later.

The Texoma Red Cross recommends putting your generators outside so you don't run the risk of getting carbon monoxide poisoning. Insulating your outdoor pipes and letting your indoor faucets drip (so they don't freeze and burst) is also very important.

You need to put together a supply kit. The Red Cross recommends putting the following items in it.

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
  • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves

 

Don't forget to winterize your vehicle by keeping the gas tank full so the fuel line doesn't freeze. If you're going away during the cold weather, leave the heat on and set your temperature to no lower than 55° F.

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