Winter storms are inevitable and come with frosty rain, strong winds, sleet of ice & snow, or a combination of all. With power shortages for days, roads and walkways are extremely dangerous. Since community services come at a standstill, planning and preparing can downgrade its impact and keep you and your family safe.
Use these preparedness tips to weather winter storm
Tip #1. Preparation before a winter storm
- Assemble disaster supply kits for your home and car
- Insulate your home by placing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
- Keep a well-maintain heating equipment and chimneys by yearly cleaning and inspection.
- Make and share this disaster plan with your family.
- Monitor the changing weather.
- Winterize your vehicle and keep a full tank.
Tip # 2. Stash up on non-perishable food
Stock up on items that don’t need heating to be edible. These convenient foods are handy while waiting for your gas and electric to return.
- Bagged nuts, dried fruit and trail mix.
- Bottled water and juice
- Canned fruit, chicken and tuna.
- Cereal and single-serving cartons of shelf-stable milk that don’t need refrigeration.
- Energy bars
- Peanut butter
Be sure to have a manual can opener, in case your electric model becomes useless, paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils with trash bags to keep used dishes.
Tip # 3. Keep warm
To keep warm, each member of your household should have:
- Gloves or mittens
- Hand Warmers
- Insulated layers for top and bottom
- Multiple blankets or a cold-weather sleeping bag
- Set up a tent that traps the heat in a smaller area and won’t take as long to heat up.
- Winter hat and coat
Prevent your house from losing heat by covering any cracks at windows and doors with extra clothes.
Tip # 4. Charge Up
In case of a weather emergency, be sure you can communicate with the outside world, and it can communicate with you. Have on hand:
- Battery-powered clock and radio or hand crank radio
- Flashlights for everyone in the home
- For your landline, make sure you have a corded phone
- Mobile phone.
- Remember to lay in fresh supplies of extra batteries in the correct size for each device.
Tip #5. Survival materials
- Blankets or sleeping bag
- Emergency flares and matches
- First aid kit
- Rock salt, sand or kitty litter — the non-clumping kind — to improve tire traction
- Rope and tow chain
- Spare tire or tire repair kit and pump
- Weatherproof car cover.
Tip #6. Pet preparedness for storm
Your pets can’t prepare themselves for snowstorm, so you’ll have to do it for them. Stow away:
- Additional sleeping bag or blanket — unless you plan to share yours. Even fur-covered pets get chilly if the furnace stops working.
- Bottled water — Set some aside for your pets. Don’t plan to share from your supply.
- Extra food — Don’t let the stock go low in case you can’t get to the store.
- Manual can opener — If your pet eats canned food.
Storms will always be with you. It is nature’s way of expressing herself so you have to consider their occurrence as part of your life. Equip your household for cold weather survival, and you can sit contentedly, watching the flakes swirl. Follow these survival tips and you might as well enjoy the adventure.