There are individuals out there in the world that cannot stand winter, despite living in a cold climate.For these people, there is a way to survive the long, cold winter days and nights.
Winter storms can be devastating to areas of the country that aren’t prepared for them.Even those areas that are accustomed to winter storms are often caught off guard if the weather is particularly harsher than usual.
The best way to make sure that you and your family are safe during winter weather is to be prepared.Make sure you have the following items on hand to help combat the effects of winter weather.
Have something to do while you are cooped up indoors.If you have a hobby that can keep you busy, that would make the time you’re indoors more fun.Hobbies are fun and they help pass the time.
Make sure you are able to stay connected to the outside world.Whether that is your internet, radio, cable, or phone.There is nothing worse than feeling disconnected when you’re cooped up from the cold.
Stock up!It’s not fun having to go out into the cold for supplies so stock up for the winter to decrease the number of times you have to brave the winter weather and roads.
If you are the type of person who hates to stay indoors when it starts to warm up outside, then wait to do your spring cleaning in the winter.Not only will this help to keep you busy but by the end of the winter your house will be clean!
Finish up extra chores or projects.If you have a list of things that need to be done around the house but are too busy in the warmer months to even look at the list, tackle in the colder months.
Make sure the heater works.There is nothing like trying to brave the cold winter months with no heat.It might be a good idea to have a couple of space heaters available in case the furnace goes out or you run out of gas.
Stay warm with fur.Although some people are against fur, it is one of the warmest coverings a person will find.
Bring in the spring!Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you home has to feelcold and stuffy.Buy some nice flowers and/or plants to brighten your home.
Take a trip to someplace that’s nice and warm and sunny. Get away from the harsh winter if you can afford it.
Snow removal tools:Purchasing a good snow shovel will come in handy.The best type of shovel is a medium sized one that is fairly sturdy.If you purchase a shovel that is too small or too large then you will end up doing more work than necessary.If you are able to purchase a snow blower then even better!
Tire Chains and/or snow tires:Ice can be treacherous to drive on and so can snow, if you are driving on roads that have not been cleared.A good set of tire chains or snow tires will help keep you from sliding and may save your live on snow or ice packed roads.
Emergency Kit:An emergency vehicle kit is an absolute must for anyone who drives a vehicle.Whether you are in an area that snows or not.However, if you do live in an area that experiences winter weather then an emergency kit is even more essential.An emergency kit should contain items that will keep you warm and alive for up to 72 hrs.These types of items include non-perishable food, blankets, extra clothing, water in plastic containers (to prevent breakage if frozen), flashlight and batteries, flares, extra blankets, and a small camp light with extra candles (for light and heat).
Alternative Heat:If the power is knocked out and your heat goes out then that could be dangerous if extremely cold weather.It is important to have an alternative heat source that does not require electricity.A good alternative would be firewood and lots of extra blankets as well as hats, gloves, coats, and scarves.If you are without heat then winter clothing and accessories will help keep you warm.
Non-Perishable Food Supply:If you are caught in a snow storm then the last thing you want to do is get out on the roads.Worse yet, if your electricity goes out and you get stuck with spoiled food.Make sure that you have enough non-perishable food on hand to get you by for several days.You should have plenty of canned foods, trail mix, and other non perishable items on hand as well as several gallons of water.
Rock Salt/Ice Melt:Falling on the ice and injuring yourself is not unlikely when the driveway, sidewalks, and roads are icy due to winter storms.Rock Salt or Ice Melt can be sprinkled on driveways and sidewalks to help melt the ice, therefore preventing injury.
Communication:Having a battery powered radio or extra cell phone battery, as well as a charged cell phone can be a real life saver during an emergency.Having a radio will allow you to keep abreast of what the weather and road conditions are like and when it is safe to go out again.
Extra lighting:Having extra flashlights, batteries, and candles on hand are essential during power outages, especially if the power outage occurs in the evening or lasts through the night.
Winter Toys:Although not a necessity, if you have items available such as a sled or snowmobile, you can take advantage of all of the extra snow by getting out an enjoying yourself (if it is safe to do so).