Thursday, February 3, 2011

Preparing for the Winter Storm

While freezing temperatures and severe weather threaten all of Southeast Texas, the Salvation Army of Beaumont is making emergency preparations for the upcoming winter storm. 
With any emergency should come preparedness, and the Salvation Army of Beaumont wants to remind Southeast Texans to be prepared with these severe weather tips:
·         Get together an emergency supply kit for both home and vehicle - with water, non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, a radio, extra blankets and warm clothing.
·         Make sure your home is well insulated from the cold, and all doors and windows properly sealed.
·         Remember to keep your pets, pipes, and plants protected from the cold.
·         Check all fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, and keep space heaters free from any obstruction.
·         Do not use a stove to heat a room.
·         If possible, stay home.  If you have to get out and drive, avoid black ice on ramps and bridges and make sure your tires have adequate tread.
·         Fill up the gas tank check antifreeze levels in case of an emergency.
·         Stay tuned to local news for severe weather information and emergency procedures.
Extra cots and blankets are set up at the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter, located at 2350 IH-10 East in Beaumont, for anyone who needed a warm place to sleep and get out of the dangerous cold weather.  Warm blankets, coats and jackets are also available free of charge.  For more information, call 409-896-2361.
The Social Service Center at 1490 N. 7th Street will be closed until 9:00 a.m. Monday, February 7, 2011.