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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BROWNSVILLE TX
401 AM CST SAT DEC 6 2014

...WINTER AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...
...TODAY`S TOPIC IS TRAVELING TIPS...

MOST WINTER WEATHER RELATED DEATHS RESULT FROM AUTO ACCIDENTS ON
SLIPPERY ROADS. HOW SHOULD YOU DRIVE WHEN SNOW OCCURS?  WHAT SHOULD
YOU DO IF STRANDED BY A BLIZZARD OR ICE STORM?  HERE ARE SOME TIPS.

PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE.  HAVE IT WINTERIZED...INCLUDING A CHECK OF THE
ANTI-FREEZE...WIPER BLADES AND TIRE TREAD AND PRESSURE.  GOOD TIRES
IMPROVE STEERING ABILITY AND SHORTEN BRAKING DISTANCE ON SLIPPERY
ROADS.  IF YOUR VEHICLE HAS ANTI LOCK BRAKES...TEST THEM SO YOU KNOW
HOW THEY WORK IN EMERGENCY STOPS.  FREQUENTLY CHECK WINDOW WASHER
FLUID LEVELS THROUGHOUT THE WINTER SO YOU DON`T RUN DRY WHEN YOU
NEED IT MOST.

THE BEST WAY TO STAY SAFE IS TO HAVE A PLAN...TO KNOW YOUR LIMITS
AND TO USE COMMON SENSE.  WHEN WINTER STORM WARNINGS OR WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE ISSUED...CONSIDER CHANGING PLANS BEFORE YOU
LEAVE.  BRIDGES...OVERPASSES...AND EVENTUALLY ROADS WILL CLOSE ONCE
ICE OR SNOW BEGINS ACCUMULATING ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY.

IF YOU DO TRAVEL...PROVIDE OTHERS YOUR PLANNED TRAVEL ROUTE AND
ARRIVAL TIME.  THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY RECOMMENDS
OBEYING ALL POSTED SIGNS.  ADJUST VEHICLE SPEED ACCORDING TO
WEATHER...ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.  ALLOW PLENTY OF SPACE
BETWEEN VEHICLES FOR EXTRA STOPPING DISTANCE.  SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW
CAN CAUSE SUDDEN RESTRICTIONS IN VISIBILITY.

IF YOU BECOME STRANDED IN A SNOW OR ICE STORM...STAY WITH YOUR
VEHICLE.  YOUR VEHICLE PROVIDES YOU DRY SHELTER AND PROTECTION FROM
THE COLD AND WIND.  YOU ARE ALSO MORE LIKELY TO BE FOUND WITH YOUR
VEHICLE THAN IF YOU TRY TO SEEK SHELTER.  WALKING ON ICY SURFACES IS
A RECIPE FOR FALLS AND INJURIES.  DURING THE FEBRUARY 2011 ICE
STORM...DOZENS OF VALLEY RESIDENTS RECEIVED TREATMENT FOR INJURIES
AFTER FALLING ON ICE.  WALKING EVEN A SHORT DISTANCE IN BLINDING
SNOW MAY QUICKLY GET YOU DISORIENTED.  DAMP CLOTHES AND BITTER WIND
CHILLS QUICKLY LEAD TO FROSTBITE OR HYPOTHERMIA.  IF STRANDED...RUN
THE MOTOR AND HEATER JUST ENOUGH TO WARM THE VEHICLE.  KEEP A WINDOW
OPEN SLIGHTLY TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.  MAKE YOUR
VEHICLE MORE VISIBLE BY ATTACHING A BRIGHT COLORED CLOTH ON THE
ANTENNA.  TURN THE DOME LIGHT ON AT NIGHT.

THIS HAS BEEN WINTER AWARENESS WEEK FOR THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND
DEEP SOUTH TEXAS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...WITH ITS PARTNERS IN
STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT...AND THE RED CROSS...URGE YOU TO BE
PREPARED FOR WINTER.  THOUGH WE DO NOT KNOW IF DECEMBER THROUGH
FEBRUARY HAS THE NEXT WHITE CHRISTMAS OR ICE STORM IN STORE FOR THE
VALLEY...WE NEED TO BE READY FOR THE POSSIBILITY.  BEING PREPARED AND
HAVING A PLAN WILL HELP MINIMIZE THE IMPACT OF WINTER WEATHER.

LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR COMMERCIAL RADIO OR TELEVISION FOR
THE  LATEST INFORMATION.  TAKE ACTION WHEN THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE ISSUES A WATCH...WARNING OR ADVISORY.  FINALLY...WE AT THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WISH YOU A SAFE WINTER SEASON!

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