The Dallas Office of Emergency Management released tips for citizens on how to stay safe and prepare for a freeze as the coldest air we've felt in two years hits North Texas.

North Texas saw its first freeze of the season Thursday morning. It's expected to get even colder Friday morning, when the temperature is expected to drop below 20 degrees in some areas.

The OEM posted the following tips on Twitter:


  • Make sure you car is winterized, meaning you have anti-freeze and your battery is fully charged
  • Try and keep your gas tank nearly full so ice doesn't form inside your fuel lines
  • Carry a storm survival kit if you're planning to travel: Blankets, snack foods, flashlights, water, jumper cables, and make sure your phone is charged


  • Let your faucets drip
  • Protect or bring in outdoor plants
  • Protect pets and check on the elderly
  • Make sure pipes are insulated
  • Keep cabinets around pipes open
  • Store a flashlight and extra batteries in home
  • Close off unused rooms and place rags or towels in cracks under doors
  • Keep a good supply of firewood for fireplace


  • Wear a hat -- nearly half of your body heat loss comes from the top of your head
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and several layers that give you insulation
  • Wear mittens or gloves