Basin Residents Bundle Up, Hunker Down for Cold Weekend 12/6/13
CBS 7 News
December 6, 2013
PERMIAN BASIN-On the eve of the coldest day of the year, Basin residents are preparing to bundle up and hunker down.
The word is spreading -- with a high of 20 degrees, it's reason enough to make preparations to stay inside for awhile. For many, record cold means a mad dash to the supermarket to stock up.
"Yes, stocking up, That way we don’t have to leave the house much this weekend,” said one woman shopping at HEB in Odessa.
“Just getting something to keep us warm..beer and juice,” said another Basin man.
“We took into account the icy weather and the possible wet conditions when shopping,” said another Odessan.
For others, it's the comfort of the movies.
“It’s too cold to be outside right now. I don’t want to catch pneumonia,” said Basin Resident Keeleigh.
While some just try to stay warm, purchasing heaters or generators.
"Generators are the first thing they come for, hefty generators that will last them overnight,” said Odessa Lowe’s Employee Andrew Vasquez. “Many people have come in and bought small electrical appliances like heaters.”
One thing is clear, with the low temperatures, it's important to stay inside and be safe.
“If they have a fireplace, make sure it’s been checked out and that you do everything to make sure carbon monoxide is not coming back into your house,” said City of Odessa Spokesperson Andrea Goodson. “Make sure if all else fails you have a carbon monoxide detector in place.”
For cold weather heating tips, check out the City of Midland’s website at this link.
For tips on how to care for animals in the cold, check out this link.