Cold weather is coming and now is the time to make sure we are ready for winter emergencies. It’s not necessary to become a full survivalist or preparedness fanatic, but it is important to be prepared. Most of us have enough food in our cabinets that we could survive a few days of weather emergencies, but there are many people who just don’t think they will have to worry about being ready. Here are a few very basic things we all need to do now to make sure we are prepared for what Mother Nature can throw our way.
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Are you READY for Winter Emergencies?
Don’t forget the Toilet Paper.
How much toilet paper does your family unit need? A few years ago, we did a 30-day test to find out how much we use in a 30 day period. We discovered that we need to keep approximately 35 rolls for our family unit. Smaller families would need less. This is one thing you don’t want to run out of.
Check the flashlights.
If the electricity goes out, do you know where your flashlights are? Do they even work? Check your flashlights and make sure they have fresh batteries. We keep a flashlight in each bedroom as well as one in the basement. We don’t want the kids waking up in the middle of a power outage or stuck in the basement without a light source.
Have a heat plan.
Not every house has a fireplace, but every home should have a back-up heat plan. It’s not necessary to spend hundreds of dollars on a full generator but you do need a back-up heat option. You can purchase a kerosene heater for around $100 that will help your family stay warm if the electricity goes out. Maybe you won’t need it every single winter, but when temperatures hit these record lows, you don’t want to worry about being too cold.
If you have a fireplace, keep a small stack of wood or firestarters for those just-in-case cold nights when the electric heater may not be available.
You might want to purchase a simple product called Pull Start Fire – Pull String Firestarter. This simple product will help you start a fire whether you are dealing with wind or wet wood and requires no matches.
You simply loop the green string around one log, stack a few more pieces of wood on top and then pull the red string. There is a quick spark and your fire is started.
Have a Water Plan
Every family unit should keep at least one case or several gallons of bottled water on hand for emergency situations. Maybe you think that you could always run out and grab a case if your water line breaks or is no longer drinkable. But if that situation occurs, everyone in your community will be looking for water at the same time. Why not just pick up a case the next time you are in the store so you won’t be caught unprepared?
Tip: During some winter emergencies in the past, we filled up the bathtub so we would have water to flush the commodes. It’s not something you think about often, but when winter emergencies shut down electricity and life gets a bit nuts, you definitely don’t want to ration the toilet flushes because you can’t afford to use your drinkable water.
We have a Lifestraw Home that gives us a water source for the family in case of emergencies. We can filter up to 40 gallons with the Ion Exchange filter and 264 gallons with the Membrane Microfilter that come with the water pitcher. Purchase extra filters so you are set for long term water options in emergency situations.
The 7-cup glass water filter pitcher protects against bacteria, parasites, microplastics, lead, mercury, chlorine and organic chemical matter. It retains essential minerals like magnesium and potassium that are good for your health.www.lifestraw.com
Have you experienced power outages and emergency situations? What is your number one way to prepare for winter weather? We need to share our tips so each of us is prepared for unexpected emergencies!
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