With winter rolling through in the next few months, it’s becoming more crucial to prepare for the coldest parts of the season ahead. Scan through an emergency survival checklist for winter storms so that you can keep your loved ones and your home protected regardless of how low the temperatures drop.
Pack an Essentials Kit
During winter storms, there are often power and water outages. These outages can last for days and sometimes more than a week. So it’s imperative to your comfort and safety that you pack an essentials kit to have everything you need in the event of an emergency.
For instance, packing a couple of flashlights and lots of batteries is beneficial since you will likely lose electricity. Just as well, having cell phones and portable chargers is also wise. You’ll want to make sure you have a first aid kit handy, as this can help you mitigate any injuries until the proper authorities can get to you.
Have Blankets and Warm Clothing Handy
Because you might have to endure a winter storm without heat, it’s also a good idea to have plenty of blankets and warm clothing available. You can use old comforters, quilts, socks, hats, and anything else that might help keep you warm.
The point is, having these things ready to go can mean the difference between staying warm and becoming severely ill due to frigid temperatures. So designate a particular spot in your home for these things and make sure they’re clean if you need to use them.
Prep Your Home Beforehand
It’s crucial to take care of yourself during cases of extreme weather. But it’s wise to remember that severe storms can also have a significant impact on your home. This is especially true for snow and ice storms. So it’s beneficial to also prep your home long before the cold starts. Having snow guards installed is a surefire way to keep ice and snow from compacting on your roof and potentially causing a collapse.
Ensuring that your gutters and downspouts are clear of any clutter or debris can also protect your home from things like ice dams and snow compaction. And if you’re looking to insulate your home further, you can also install weather stripping on your windows and doors before winter takes its hold.
Stock Up on Food and Water
Lastly, don’t forget to stock up and food and water, and lots of it. When you’re looking at several days without a source of water or access to a grocery store, having an emergency supply can help you get through that rough patch. So setting aside a corner of your pantry for non-perishable food items, granola bars, and a few jugs of distilled water is best. Additionally, you’ll also want to fill your bathtubs with water before it’s shut off, as this will give you water that provides a means of flushing your toilets and washing dishes and clothes if necessary.
Hopefully, scanning through an emergency survival checklist for winter storms can help you prepare for the frosty season ahead.
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