Experts explain winter weather preparation

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ARDMORE, OK - Carter County Emergency Management Director Paul Tucker said being ready for ice and snow all starts with a plan.

"If you're going to travel, let somebody know your travel plans," said Tucker. "Develop and maintain an emergency kit."

Tucker said a winter kit for your car should include blankets, candles, flashlights with extra batteries and a warning device like a flag to put on your antenna.

One for your home should include food, water and warm clothes. And for both places a weather radio is a must.

"If you lose power, at least you have a weather radio that has AM FM in it and you can still hear what's going on outside," said Tucker.

Preparing for winter weather doesn't stop there. Ardmore Lumber said customers have been coming in all week to buy supplies to seal up doors and windows and protect outside faucets and pipes.

Sales associate Jim Coyne said those small steps can help you avoid big headaches.

"If your pipes freeze up and break and it's two or three o'clock in the morning, no water, all froze up, you are hurting," said Coyne.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management recommends making a plan with your family for any type of severe or winter weather and staying aware of any storm watches and warnings.