Winter is here and it’s time to make sure we are ready for winter emergencies. There are some definite things we should all remind ourselves after experiencing any epic snowfall. It’s not enough to just plan for French Toast when we hear that snow is coming in. Because after all, why else does everyone run to the store to buy milk, bread and eggs when they hear the word SNOW? Is it because we all develop an intense craving for French toast? There’s more to being prepared for snow and weather emergencies than just running to the store to grab a few groceries.
Are you 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 it. 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.
Don’t forget the Toilet Paper.
How much toilet paper does your family unit need? 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.
Store Bottled Water.
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 broke or was 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.
You may even want to pick up a Lifestraw that helps create clean, drinking water!
More Preparation Tips
Last year, I posted some tips for how to prepare for winter storms. I focused on entertainment options! Sometimes, that’s just as important as the important things like batteries and heat source!
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 the unexpected emergencies!
Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she’s not blogging, she’s probably out enjoying life so she’ll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!