What You Need for Severe Winter WeatherDecember 11, 2014
Winter brings with it a number of wonderful things, like snow, the holidays, family get-togethers, shopping, and more. Yet ultimately, the first thing on that list – snow – along with the bitter cold that accompanies it can do a lot of damage and possibly even threaten your life. To avoid these dangers, it is important to prepare yourself and your household as much as possible for the dangers that the winter presents. There are several areas to pay attention to:
A truly severe storm can knock out communications, making it difficult for you to reach help or to check in on friends and family who may need help. You’ll want to have a cell phone, a portable charger, and extra batteries for that phone; this way you can more easily reach who you need to reach regardless of how much you’ve used your phone lately. You’ll also want to be plugged into however your local area warns about severe weather, whether its television, radio, or the web, and be ready to check on that information.
Heat, obviously, is one of the most important elements of preparing for the winter. Stock up on extra blankets, sleeping bags, extra coats and other winter attire. If you have a fireplace, stock up on wood to heat it with, and get ahold of some space heaters and kerosene heaters (with extra kerosene!) to help cover the gap if your heating fails. A fire extinguisher to help deal with these heat sources if they somehow break or get out of hand is also recommended, along with a carbon monoxide detector to avoid an unfortunate accident.
Food and Cooking
Of course, you still need to eat, even when you’re cold. Have a hot plate for use and a way to power it in case of a power outage; charcoal and gas has the potential to cause a fire and the fumes can be deadly, so don’t use those. Also have spare drinking water and canned food that doesn’t need to be cooked on-hand, along with a non-electric can opener, and a first aid kit in case you hurt yourself cooking!
Don’t worry; winter is often quite mild, we just remember the bad ones. Still, it never hurts to be prepared!