Nacogdoches officials urge preparation for cold weather

By Donna McCollum - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - According to the National Weather Service weather conditions seen in the late 90's could be seen this week. "Where we had four consecutive days of being in the teens and because of that we want to be prepared," recalled Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English. "We want to make sure everyone in the community is prepared."

Similar to what the county road department crews are doing now. They're gassing up vehicles, along with other precautions. "We got all our water hydrants and all wrapped and all that," Glenn Permenter, shop foreman for the Nacogdoches County Road Department said. "We're trying to get everything winterized."

Right now visitors can throw a few hoops at the Nacogdoches Recreation Center. Should icy conditions lead to downed power lines, the wool blankets and cots will come out. The American Red Cross has been asked to open a shelter, if necessary.

"Normally the Red Cross does not open a shelter just for power outages, but because of the extreme cold for our elderly folks and young children, those who may be ill, they need a warm place to stay, so we'll do that," explained Bobbie Ann Anderson, a volunteer with the American Red Cross.

The motto for emergency workers is to prepare for the worse, and pray for the best. No matter what happens, confidence prevails. "Compared to hurricanes, this is a breeze," Anderson laughed.

Thankfully, hurricanes and ice storms don't make regular appearances in East Texas, but there are some precautions you can take prior to an Arctic deep freeze.

Check your vehicle's anti freeze levels and have the ignition system inspected. Try to stay off the roads if at all possible. Don't forget to provide shelter for pets and extra forage for livestock. Exposed water pipes are likely to burst, so it's best to protect them now. You'll also want to drain sprinkler systems. Keep heat on inside buildings to keep pipes warm. Also prepare for potential power outages...and stock up on water & non-perishable food. And check on the elderly & special need individuals frequently.

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