With Central Texas currently being pummeled with a winter storm, it’s important to think about not only what to do as it’s happening, but what to do when it’s over.
During The Storm
- If you have electricity, gas, and/or water at this time, it’s important to conserve usage as much as possible.
- Never use gas stovetops, grills, generators, or leave a car running in an enclosed space to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Keep a close eye on your pipes. It’s important to know that defrosted pipes may begin to leak if there was damage to it while frozen.
- If your power is out and you’re having trouble staying warm, here are some tips from the National Weather Service.
Visit your local government’s website or social media for the most up-to-date information. Here are a few of those sites:
- Texas Gas Service
- Austin Water
- ERCOT Twitter
- List of shelters in Austin, TX
- Williamson County Office of Emergency Management
- Travis County Twitter
- Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management Facebook
- Hays County
- Business Resources from the Austin Chamber
Our financial partner, BALANCE, is also ready to help. If you need assistance due to a financial emergency, property loss, or another urgent money issue, call BALANCE’s Financial Relief Hotline at 888.262.4327. You can also speak with financial counselors who are experts when it comes to dealing with fallout from a natural disaster.
After The Storm
Even though the ice and snow are melting, be cautious driving and walking around. Avoid walking and parking under tree branches that may fall and continue to look out for black ice. Remove all snow and ice from your car before driving, particularly your tailpipe. Only check on neighbors and animals if you can do so safely.
If you have damage to your home, contact your insurance agency as soon as you can. Take pictures and videos to document damage. Do what you can to prevent further damage, because insurance may not cover anything additional that occurs after the storm.
It’s easy to get injured or overexert yourself in wintery weather. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia, shovel snow carefully, and dress properly for the temperature.
Homes may continue to not have power. If you’re using a generator, only use it on a dry surface out in the open and away from doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s a good idea to use a space heater if you have one, but don’t leave it unattended. Make sure it’s on a hard surface away from curtains and other flammable objects.
A+FCU also has additional financial resources available to help you during this time.LEARN MORE