The Labor Day weekend has me thinking about fall and winter. Any thoughts of winter now include last February’s snowpocalypse. How did you fair? And, more importantly this year, how will you prepare?

The leaves may be falling, but don’t break out the Parka just yet. In East Texas, we still have a few more months of warm to mild weather on the horizon. The average temperature for September is 89 degrees, and averages 79 degrees in October. But, that doesn’t mean it will stay mild. The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another unusually cold winter for much of the country, and East Texas is included in that with a possible late January storm to rival last February’s winter storm. Remember the strain on our power grid?

So what does that mean for your family? How did you fair during February 13th through 17th, 2021? Did you have power outages, water problems, trouble meeting your family’s basic needs? Well, the good news is that you have time to prepare. Make a list based on what you needed during the last East Texas winter storm and prioritize by how long it takes to complete the list. If you wished you had a generator during the last storm, the time to buy and install is now. Other items my be readily purchased, but don’t wait until the items are sold out. The early bird gets the worm. The basics to consider are water, food supply, medicines, batteries, tap lights, flashlights and heaters. Taking several months to prepare is easier on you pocketbook and your sanity.

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There are a lot of resources for lists, tips, and planning for both winter and summer storm events.

Take time to make it a priority for your family’s well being, and be prepared for whatever storms of life come your way.

https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm.html

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Shelley Swanzy East Texas