ABILENE, Texas -

Winter weather isn't all that common for our part of the country but it does happen. Will you be prepared?

November 13 is Winter Weather Awareness Day across the state, a day for everyone to think about how they'll handle a snowstorm or icy mess before it actually happens.

Have a disaster kit for your home and your vehicle.

This kit should include things like:

-batteries and a battery powered weather radio

-blankets/sleeping bags

- flashlights

-first-aid kit

-a knife

-a 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person, per day)

-non-perishable food

-extra clothing to keep warm and dry

-matches

Even a tiny bit of moisture in subfreezing weather can create a slippery trip so slow down and use caution on bridges and overpasses.

If you're stranded, stay in your car and wait for help. About 25% of winter weather related deaths result from people being trapped outside.

Also make sure your gas tank is nearly full to avoid any ice in the gas tank and fuel lines.

Emergency travel items that you should keep in your automobile include:

-Windshield scraper

-tool kit and tow rope

-water container

-extra cash

-sand or kitty litter for traction

-jumper cables

Also check the roads you'll be traveling on for long trips and monitor the forecast along the way. If you're traveling in Texas, you can find that information at http://www.drivetexas.org/Full/.