Don't panic! Yes, it appears we're going to get some ice and snow tonight, maybe 2 - 3 inches. Preparations are a good idea, but buying up every stinking loaf of bread and every gallon of milk at the grocery store is probably a bit of an overreaction.

Near as we can tell around here, this icy/snowy event tonight should not be the ice storm of 2000, so let's all take a step back, a deep breath and remember a few things:

  • Make sure you have enough gas in your vehicle(s) to last a few days, just in case.
  • If you have generators make sure you have fresh fuel for them as well.
  • Check your medications, make sure you have enough to last for a few days.
  • Most of us have enough food in our pantry and freezer to last a week or more if need be. So let's don't go into panic buying mode.
  • Check your pipe wrappings and make sure your home is ready for another couple of days of below freezing temps.
  • Make sure you have a way to boil water/cook food if the electricity goes out.
  • If your home is heated by electricity then make sure you have blankets, sleeping bags, wood for the fireplace. Alternate means of keeping warm.
  • Check on elderly neighbors.
  • Check on your animals.
  • Don't panic.

Be good neighbors, if someone needs something and you have extra, help them out. it's the right thing to do.

Stay warm Ark-La-Tex!




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