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Winter Weather Preparedness

Before winter weather strikes, make sure your home, office and vehicles are stocked with the supplies you might need.

At Home and Work

Your primary concerns at home or work during a winter storm are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day. In either place, you should have available:


         Flashlight and extra batteries

         Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information

         Extra food and water such as dried fruit, nuts, granola bars and other food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.

         Extra prescription medicine

         Baby items such as diapers and formula

         First-aid supplies

         Heating fuel: refuel before you are empty; fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm

         Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove or space heater properly ventilated to prevent a fire

         Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm; test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work properly

         Extra pet food and warm shelter for pets


In your Car and On the go

Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins. Carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit that includes the following:

         Mobile phone, charger, batteries

         Blankets/sleeping bags

         Flashlight with extra batteries

         First-aid kit


         High-calorie, non-perishable food

         Extra clothing to keep dry

         Sack of sand or cat litter for traction


         Windshield scraper and brush

         Tool kit

         Tow rope

         Battery booster cables

         Water container

         Candle and matches to provide light and in an emergency, lifesaving heat.



Siren Information

The City of Garland outdoor warning siren system is active! if you would like more information about the outdoor warning sirens in Garland, such as when they are activated, testing schedules, or you just want more information, please click here.