2014 Winter Weather Awareness Day in Texas

On behalf of Jerusha Kasch

San Jac Employees:

Below is a message crafted to all Texans by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.  Please take an hour out of your time before the Thanksgiving Holiday to prepare for Winter Emergencies for yourself and your family!

Prepare well and be safe!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014 is Winter Weather Awareness Day in Texas as proclaimed by Governor Perry.

Winter weather can impact Texas during the months of November through April. While Texas is known for its sunny climate, winter weather shows itself across the state each year.  Just last year, a winter storm arrived in early December with snow and ice, effectively shutting down the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and areas of north Texas for several days.

Winter weather can affect expected areas of Texas like the Panhandle but also regions much farther south like the Coastal Bend.  No matter where you reside, I encourage everyone to assemble a disaster supply kit of important emergency supplies for homes and vehicles including:

·        First aid kit
·        NOAA Weather Radio or battery-operated radio
·        Flashlight
·        Medication
·        Non-perishable food items
·        Bottled water
·        Blankets and warm clothing such as coats, gloves and hats

More winter storm preparedness planning information can be found at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/winterStormPlanning.htm.

I invite you to promote awareness, preparedness, and mitigation measures to help prevent and reduce loss of life and property.

Attached is the Winter Weather Awareness Day proclamation signed by Governor Perry.

To view the 2014-2015 winter weather outlook and for more information about winter weather awareness, please visit NOAA’s winter weather safety and awareness page at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/winter/.

Texans can learn how to prepare and assemble supply kits by visiting the Texas Prepares website: http://www.texasprepares.org/.

Statewide road conditions from TxDOT can be found by checking http://www.drivetexas.org or by calling 800-452-9292.

Thank you for all that you do.

Be informed. Be prepared. Be involved.

W. Nim Kidd, CEM, TEM
Texas Division of Emergency Management
Assistant Director
Texas Homeland Security
Texas Department of Public Safety