Cold Weather Alert: Stay Inside & Safe!

January 11, 2024

With temperatures exptected to drop beginning this weekend, It's vitally imprtant to make sure you and your loved ones and neighbors in need are safe. Here are some saftey tips from FEMA for older adults:

Close blinds or curtains to retain as much heat as possible. Close off unused rooms to avoid wasting heat, and stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.

Keep pets indoors as much as possible. 

Check on neighbors who may need assistance — older adults, people with disabilities and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.

Eat regularly, as food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat. Drink liquids such as warm broth or juice. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Listen to state and local officials to learn more about storm warnings, road conditions and warming centers in Austin.

Know and watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.

The best way to protect yourself during a major emergency is to have a safety plan, supplies, and access to critical information long before it happens. Visit to sign up for emergency alerts, and learn what you can do today to help yourself survive and recover more quickly from disasters in the future.