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AUSTIN — Today is Severe Winter Weather Awareness Day in Texas. Take this opportunity to get prepared for severe winter storms.
Severe winter storms can strand motorists traveling northern routes in Texas, sometimes striking in South Texas and even coastal areas. Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or your local station when severe winter storms are threatening.
About 70 percent of snow and ice related deaths occur in automobiles. If you must travel when winter storms threaten, keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines and don’t travel alone.
The survival kit for vehicles includes:
n Blankets/sleeping bags.
n Radio, flashlight, extra batteries, booster cables.
n First-aid kit.
n High-calorie, non-perishable food and bottled water.
n Extra clothing, including mittens and hat.
n Sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway.
n Windshield scraper and brush.
n Tool kit, tow rope and shovel.
n Cell phone or two-way radio.
Be prepared at home or work with these additional supplies in case heavy ice on the lines cuts electricity and phone service — or your heat source is cut off for several days:
n Battery-powered NOAA weather radio, extra batteries.
n Extra medicine, medical supplies and items needed by babies or the elderly.
n Heating fuel for areas where fuel carriers may not be able to get through.
n Properly ventilated emergency heating source such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater.
n Fire extinguisher and smoke detector.
n Extra food and water.
For more severe winter weather information, see www.nws.noaa.gov.
Other disaster preparedness resources can be found at: www.Ready.gov and www.redcross.org.
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Hiatt, Duckworth announce plans to marry June 29
Some are granted the blessing of loving deeply only once in a lifetime. For a few, that blessing happens twice.
Weaver, Benefiel tie the knot in Grapevine
Rikki Leigh Weaver and Brandon Joe Benefiel united in marriage the evening of May 4, 2013, at Delaney Vineyards in Grapevine.
From daughter to mother: a special Mother’s Day reflection
For this Mother’s Day I thought I would say something special about my mom. I rarely say anything, I guess because I take a lot of what she does for granted, because she is mom to me. But there is more to this woman than I could ever have hoped for.
Audet, Richardson plan October nuptials
Michele and Jim Audet, of Weatherford, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Rene Audet, to Scott Maclean Richardson, of Washington, D.C.
Richards celebrate 60 years of marriage
Celebrating 60 years of love and marriage, David and Jewell Richards of Weatherford are happy to announce their anniversary this May.
Bunns to celebrate 25th anniversary
Spending a quarter of a century in love with one person is to be celebrated.
WB, Totsie Cook celebrate 70 years of marriage
William Burton Cook and Totsie Dean Grisham celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on April 24. They were married at Shep, Taylor County, Texas, the evening of April 24, 1943, in the home of Rev. Willie Brown, the local Baptist pastor, with Mrs. Brown as the witness.
White, Rigacci unite in marriage
Brittany White and Fernando Rigacci were united in marriage March 23, 2013, in the Rotunda at the Dallas Petroleum Club.
Horton, Williams engaged
Eddie and Kathryn Horton are pleased to announce the engagament of their daughter, Kathryn Renee Horton to Nathan Douglas Williams, son of Michael and Charla Williams of Amarillo.
Roy and Leslie Stowe, of Azle, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Nicole Stowe, to David Michael Coronado, son of Dave and Debbie Coronado, of Comanche.
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