Preparing for Winter Weather
Weather awareness is key for winter preparedness. The City of Coppell's Emergency Management Department recommends all residents utilize three different methods of emergency notification, such as text or email alerts from NotifyCoppell, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) All-Hazards Radio, and a smartphone application.
Sign up for emergency notifications through NotifyCoppell. You will need to provide your name, email and phone number. You can sign up to receive notifications about a variety of weather advisories, watches and warnings.
Please visit the Emergency Management page for more information about preparedness.
Use the checklists below to help you prepare your home, your car and your loved ones for severe winter weather!
- Prevent pipes from freezing by insulating exposed pipes, allowing the faucet to drip slightly and leaving cabinet doors open
- Disconnect and drain your outdoor hoses
- Locate your water meter and make sure you know how to open the lid and turn your water off in case of a leak or other emergency
- Seal doors and windows
- Bring potted plants inside
- Cover patio furniture
- Paint, caulk and seal exterior wood
- Seal masonry and hard surfaces
- Clean your gutters
- Have fireplace chimney professionally cleaned before the season’s first fire
- Change furnace filters and have it professionally inspected
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Shut down irrigation system and drain outside faucets
- Check your trees for limbs that could fall
- Prepare an emergency kit for your home that includes
- Non-perishable food and water
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
- Place an emergency box in the vehicle containing items such as
- Road flares
- Jumper cables
- First-aid kit
- Snacks and water
- Extra ice scraper
- Check all fluid levels and refill as needed
- Check wiper blades and replace if needed
- Switch out regular windshield wiper fluid with a winter formula
- Check battery
- Check tire pressure and tread and fill/replace as needed
Your Loved Ones
- Make sure family members are dressed in appropriate layers before going out in the elements
- Never leave space heaters and lit fireplaces unattended
- Bring pets inside
Check on elderly family members or neighbors to see if they need assistance with winterizing their homes
In a winter weather event, the City of Coppell performs de-icing procedures on major roadways within the City limits as well as the parking lots of essential public facilities. Residential streets, sidewalks, and driveways are not usually treated.
As always, Coppell's first responders, including Police, Fire and Public Works, are prepared to respond in an emergency,
Learn about current road conditions at drivetexas.org.