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Posted on: January 12, 2024

BROWNSVILLE RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO START PREPARING NOW FOR VERY COLD WEATHER

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As an arctic blast of extremely cold air is expected to arrive in Brownsville Monday afternoon, Brownsville city officials are encouraging residents to begin preparing now to ensure they are ready for the colder temperatures.

Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Emergency Supplies: Ensure you have an adequate supply of food and extra batteries for flashlights. Additionally, have space heaters ready for use.
  • Pet Safety: Bring pets indoors to protect them from the cold. Make sure they have a warm and comfortable shelter.
  • Space Heater Safety: Inspect space heaters before use and connect them directly to a wall socket. Keep space heaters away from clothing.  Avoid using portable propane heaters inside homes. Remember to turn off heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Layered Clothing: Dress in layered clothing when heading outside to stay warm as temperatures drop.
  • Make sure smoke alarms and  carbon monoxide detectors are working.
  • Vehicle Preparation: Check your vehicle's coolant, replace malfunctioning wiper blades, and ensure tires are properly inflated to cope with the cold weather. Keep a full tank of gas.
  • Protect Pipes: Cover outdoor pipes and open sink cabinets to expose pipes to heated air. Disconnect hoses and turn off water sprinklers.
  • Outdoor Plants: Cover or bring outdoor plants inside to protect them from the cold.
  • Winter Weather Kit: Mobile phone, batteries and charger, blanket/sleeping bags, first-aid kit, knife, high-calorie, non-perishable food, extra clothing to keep dry, large empty to can to use as a toilet, tissues, toilet paper and paper towels.

By following these guidelines, residents can better prepare themselves, their homes, and their pets for the colder temperatures expected with the arctic blast.

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