K8 News Winter Weather Survival Guide (2024)

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By K8 Newsdesk

Published: Jan. 11, 2024 at 12:25 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2024 at 9:00 AM CST

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - To help you prepare and survive the brutally cold temperatures and freezing precipitation, K8 News has compiled several lists of tips and contacts to report outages, stay warm, and travel safely.

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Several churches and communities have opened warming centers and overnight shelters for those seeking relief from the frigid temperatures, including the following in Region 8. For a list of warming centers across the state of Arkansas, click here.

Batesville

  • The First United Methodist Church, 668 Water St., will be open through Jan. 20 as a warming center from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., with dinner and breakfast provided. For more information, call the church office at (870) 793-3803.

Blytheville

  • Wellspring Church, 600 N. Division
  • Ruddle Road Church of God, 1400 S. Ruddle, for information call 870-762-5510
  • First Baptist Church, 715 W. Walnut St.

Hardy

  • Old Hardy High School Gym, 201 School Ave., will be open 24/7 as a warming center.

Hoxie

  • The Hoxie Community Center, 400-466 SW Harding St., will be open on an as-needed basis, according to Lawrence County OEM Director Perry Hutton.

Jonesboro

  • Earl Bell Community Center, 1212 S. Church St., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Allen Park Community Center, 3609 Race St., 3:30 to 9 p.m. weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Parker Park Community Center, 1506 N. Church St., 3:30 to 9 p.m. weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Salvation Army, 800 Cate Ave., open through Tuesday, Jan. 16
  • Jonesboro Economical Transit (JET) system will provide free rides to and from warming shelters.

Manila

  • The mayor announced that in the event the city loses power, the fire department would open as a temporary warming center.

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Paragould

  • First Baptist Church of Paragould, in conjunction with the City of Paragould, will open its Family Life Center (MMC Building) as a warming station beginning Sunday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. Enter through the east-side doors. Drugs, alcohol, firearms, smoking, and vulgar language are prohibited. The church is located at 120 North 3rd St.
  • Paragould Community Center, 3404 Linwood Dr., from 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, to Tuesday, Jan. 16.
  • 7th and Mueller Church of Christ, 1000 S. 7th St., from 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, to Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Poinsett County

  • Harrisburg: Community Building, 203 W. South St.
  • Trumann- Stepping Stone Sanctuary, 904 Speedway St.
  • Fisher- Methodist Church Youth Center, 211 First St.
  • Marked Tree- City Hall, 1 Elm St. Marked Tree
  • Waldenburg- City Hall, 5647 AR Hwy 14 Weiner
  • Tyronza- Senior Citizen Building, 351 Campbell Ave
  • Lepanto- First Baptist Church, 302 Kenwood Ave
  • Contact Poinsett County OEM Scotty Williams at 870-408-2856 with any questions.

Walnut Ridge

  • The Lawrence County Courthouse, 315 W. Main St., will be open beginning Saturday night as a warming center.

Poplar Bluff, Mo.

  • The Bread Shed, 203 North D St., will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. beginning Sunday, Jan. 14, as an overnight warming center.

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Be sure to keep your mobile devices charged at all times in anticipation of a possible power outage.

Should the power go out, Ready.gov offers these tips:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
  • Use a generator, but ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • Check with local officials about heating locations open near you.

Clay County Electric Cooperative:

Craighead Electric Cooperative:

Entergy Arkansas:

  • 1-800-968-8243 (1-800-9OUTAGE)
  • Sign up for text message alerts, click here

Farmers Electric Cooperative:

  • 870-523-3691

Jonesboro City Water & Light:

Mississippi County Electric Cooperative:

  • 1-800-439-4563

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative:

  • Baxter County - 870-425-2141
  • Fulton County - 870-895-3221
  • Izard County - 870-670-5600
  • Sharp County - 870-994-2191
  • Report an outage from the NAEC mobile app, download it here.

Osceola Municipal Light & Power

  • (870) 563-5245

Paragould Municipal Utilities

  • (870) 239-7700

Piggott Municipal Light Water and Sewer

  • (870) 598-3208

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Road Conditions

Winter Driving Tips (Source: AAA)

  • Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, including extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.
  • Make certain tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as ice and snow.

Tips for Driving in the Snow (Source: AAA)

  • Stay home. Only go out if necessary.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids.
  • Increase your following distance.
  • Know your brakes. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads will just make your wheels spin.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

Emergency Kit for the Road

AAA encourages drivers to carry a well-stocked emergency kit that includes:

  • Cell phone car chargers
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Reflective or warning triangles (put outside of the vehicle to signal a breakdown)
  • First-aid kit
  • Drinking water and non-perishable food for travelers and pets
  • Traction aids (sand, salt, non-clumping cat litter, or traction mats)
  • Ice scraper or snow brush and shovel
  • Gloves, extra coats or sweatshirts, hats, and blankets.

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Below-freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on a home’s plumbing, heating system, and exterior features.

According to AAA Insurance, claims to repair frozen pipe damage average more than $11,000.

To protect your home, the company suggests the following:

  • Remove hoses from exterior faucets.
  • Repair or replace weather stripping around windows and doors, vents and fans, plumbing, air conditioners, and electrical and gas lines.
  • Use caulk or insulation to seal all cracks, holes, and other openings on exterior walls.
  • Let faucets drip a little bit to prevent freezing pipes.
  • Well-insulated basem*nts and crawl spaces will help protect pipes. Close foundation vents and windows to basem*nts. Wrap vulnerable pipes with pipe insulation.
  • Know where your water shutoff valve is so that you can turn off the water in case of an emergency.
  • Air inside the walls, where pipes are, can be much colder than air in the room, so set the thermostat at a reasonable temperature, even if you will be away from home.
  • Keep bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors open to let warm air circulate around the pipes.
  • Close your wood-burning fireplace flue damper when you’re not using it. Follow all manufacturer instructions for gas fireplaces, including those with pilot lights, which may require the flue to be partially open at all times.

The Paragould Fire Department offers these tips to keep warm safely:

  • 1. Install and test alarms. Carbon monoxide alarms should be tested at least once a month.
  • 2. Plug space heaters directly into outlets. Never use an extension cord or power strip.
  • 3. Heat your home safely. Keep anything that can burn 3 feet away from a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater.
  • 4. Keep chimney and vents clean. Hire a qualified professional to clean and inspect your chimney and vents at least once a year.
  • 5. Never use candles for emergency lighting. Always use flashlights and stock up on extra batteries.
  • 6. Use the fireplace safely. Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen when using your fireplace.

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K8 News Winter Weather Survival Guide (2024)

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