Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Do You Remember 2 Years Ago?

    This time two years ago, San Antonio, Tx, along with other parts of Texas, was hit with an intense winter storm. The last time San Antonio saw snow like that was back on January 12, 1985 with a record breaking 13.5 inches of snow. After that fact, 'snovid' didn't seem that bad, except for the hours, days, and weeks with no electricity or plumbing for most!

    San Antonio received between three to four inches of snow the first night, with some areas receiving as much as six inches of snow. As snow melts, it forms ice, causing hazardous conditions that left a lot of people stranded or shut in their homes out of fear of being stranded.  Temperatures remained in the 20's days after the two days of snow and the freezing conditions continued. Texas was definitely not prepared for the fierce snowstorm that shook us. 

    We managed to weather the storm and come through strong, but across all of San Antonio, and other parts of Texas, were still dealing with power outages, water that had yet to be restored in homes and buildings, food shortages due to trucks with store stocks not able to drive on the highways, homes that suffered busted pipes and flooding inside the dwellings and businesses. It was a tough time for so many people post the storm.

    We have yet to experience those conditions this year and we are not complaining. However, it's always great to have a reminder how to better prepare for the next winter storm, here are some tips that you can follow:

  • Seek shelter immediately.
  • Make sure that you have an adequate amount of water at home, just in case pipes freeze or burst.
  • Purchase non perishable items (peanut butter, jelly ,crackers, bread, chips, etc.)
  • Make sure to charge all electrical items that can be of use to you in case the power goes out. 
  • Gather towels and blankets to ensure that you and your family are warm. 
  • Make sure that you have flashlights, First Aid kits, AM/FM radio.
  • Stay in place (stick to one room, to ensure that everyone stays together and warm.)
  • If your pipes do burst, 2PIAP is only a call away, 210-951-5151

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