Cold Weather Preparedness
Remember the three P's for cold weather preparedness:
Consider bringing you outdoor pets inside, especially dogs. The cold weather along with the winds can be deadly to your pets if you do not take proper actions to provide them with shelter. Make sure your pets have constant source of water; make sure that outdoor water bowls do not freeze.
Protect your water pipes. Water expands as it freezes which may break pipes; ice forming in a pipe can result in pipe failure. Uninsulated pipes are at risk of freezing when temperatures get below 25 degrees for an extended period of time. Seal any openings where cold air may get to pipes. Leave cabinet doors in kitchens and bathrooms open so warmer air circulates around pipes.
Sensitive plants should be covered and heavily mulched. Plants can be covered with plastic and sheets to keep the chill off, but the covering should be removed as the weather warms up and the sun comes out to prevent the plant from heating up and burning the foliage. Move any container plants indoors.
Where to get updates
The National Weather Service will be posting advisories, watches and warnings as appropriate. The National Weather Service Houston Galveston page at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hgx/ is a great resource.
The National Weather Service will be posting their advisories, watches and warnings for Fort Bend County at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hazards/?wfo=hgx&maptype=cwa&map.x=172&map.y=171
NWS forecasts for Fort Bend County can be found here: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=TXZ227
Another great resource for residents is Google Weather. You can do a Google search for "weather Richmond, TX" to see an aggregated forecast for Richmond. You can change the city name to the city you live in as well.
FEMA's hazards section of their website is a fantastic resource for citizens looking for information about disasters. While it isn't specifically oriented to us residents of Southeast Texas, the information is a great starting point for your families disaster checklist.
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