DPS Reminds Texans of Winter Weather Safety Tips
AUSTIN, December 2, 2015 – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) urges Texans in all regions of the state to make preparations for winter weather as Texas enters into the cold weather season. Texans should stay informed about weather conditions in their area and remain prepared for possible winter weather, which could impact the state during the coming months.
“Ensuring the safety of Texans is paramount for the department and our law enforcement partners, and DPS is urging individuals to do their part by preparing now, staying alert about weather reports and heeding warnings by their local officials during severe winter weather,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.
Inclement weather over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend – when parts of the state experienced wintery precipitation – highlights the importance of being prepared and the need for extra caution during hazardous winter weather.
“As the busy holiday season continues, it is crucial that Texans stop to remember that significant weather threats can emerge at any time and bring the potential for heavy rains, low temperatures and freezing precipitation,” said DPS Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. “Individuals should make preparations now to ensure their homes and vehicles are adequately equipped and maintained to handle storms or hazardous conditions.”
Last weekend Texas experienced rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow that created hazardous travel conditions in the Texas Panhandle and West Texas, which led to swift water rescues in areas of North Texas. While the heavy rains have subsided and temperatures continue to rebound, more rainfall, flooding and below average temperatures that aid wintry precipitation will persist through the winter months with an El Niño weather pattern in place according to the National Weather Service. Additionally, river flooding is still ongoing along several Texas rivers and creeks from previous rain events.
DPS offers the following tips for staying safe during possible winter weather:
Winterize your vehicle by checking the battery, windshield wipers (including appropriate freeze resistant-fluid), tire pressure, tire tread, fluid levels, and lubricate door and trunk locks to prevent freezing. In addition, here is a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:
Here are some additional steps to prepare for winter weather: