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Prepare for Severe Winter Weather

Texas is entering the colder phase of winter, prompting warnings of frigid temperatures, possible icy conditions and bringing renewed concerns about the stability of the state’s electric grid.

For many Texans, the cold turn will be a reminder of February 2021 when the state’s energy grid failed and hundreds died, including many older Texans.

Winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds. These storms can create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion.  It’s imperative to be prepared for severe winter weather.

AARP Texas encourages all individuals, families, organizations and businesses to take stock, plan, get prepared, and stay informed.

This free AARP Texas Guide on Winter Storm Readiness can help you prepare and respond to severe winter weather. Download it now. We offer advice and checklists on what to do before, during and after a storm.

Get this four-page guide to learn:

  • How to apply for Critical Care status if you have a medical condition that could become life-threatening if your home were to lose power;
  • How to help home-bound patients and others who rely on home-care services;
  • Steps to preparing your home and your car for times of emergency;
  • What to bring if you're going to a shelter;
  • And more.
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