Texas is still seeing moderate weather so far this winter; however, 2021’s Winter Storm Uri illustrated the need for emergency and extreme weather preparedness in the event of power outages, lack of running water, and other weather-related dangers.

Here are some ways you can prepare yourself and your home for extreme weather and other emergencies:

  • Pack a disaster supply kit. Here is a sample disaster supply checklist from Texas Ready.

  • Keep the gas tank of your car filled.

  • Keep your phone charged, pack extra chargers, and purchase a rechargeable battery pack.

  • Make a family communication plan.

  • Refill prescriptions and other important medications.

  • Don’t forget about packing emergency food, water, and medication for pets.

  • Stock your pantry with shelf-stable food items and water that don’t require cooking or refrigeration.

  • Learn the signs of hypothermia and frostbite and basic treatments.

  • Keep an emergency kit in your car in case you become stranded.

In the event of a winter storm:

  • Find shelter; stay inside and as warm as possible.

  • Avoid driving and stay off the roads.

  • Wear several warm yet loose layers of clothing.

  • Stay hydrated.

  • Avoid overexertion, such as walking in or shoveling snow.

  • Be aware of potential carbon monoxide poisoning from using cars, gas ovens, or other gas-burning equipment to heat indoor spaces.

You can find further resources and information on how to prepare for unexpected winter weather at the following links:

Check out these past Ex Libris Juris posts for recovery resources and further information on 2021’s Winter Storm Uri: