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Get prepared before the storm: here's what you need to know

This weekend may bring damaging winds and bad weather, so it's a good idea to have a supply kit ready it you happen to lose power.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Southeast Texas may see strong winds Friday and in the early morning hours Saturday, along with rain and possible severe weather. 

Should this bring widespread power outages, it could last a while. It would be a good idea to have a small supply kit ready just in case the power goes out.

Here are some ways you can prepare for possible severe weather: 

  • Get the 12NewsNow app to be the first to know about the severe weather we're tracking. Sign up for weather alerts sent to get updates right on your lock screen.

  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit. This is the first thing on the Red Cross list to make sure your family is ready for an emergency. The kit should include a 3-day supply of water, non-perishable food, a battery-powered flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, first aid kit, family and emergency contact info, extra cash, a map of the area and more. The Red Cross urges the importance of adding supplies to your kit based off the needs of all your family members.

  • Charge your phone before severe weather is set to move in.

  • Protect your home: With the risk of high winds, it's important to bring in any loose or lightweight objects that could get picked up. Also, anchor down objects that would be unsafe to bring inside.

  • Fill the tub: If it is a big storm, your electricity may be out, and your water could stop flowing as well. Fill the tub and washer with water. This isn't to drink. It can be used for very important things like flushing your toilet.

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