How to Prepare for Winter Storms

Knowing a reliable handyman who can respond to you whenever something needs repair or upgrades is great. However, that won’t get you very far in a bad winter storm. Is your home prepared to protect the people in it?

Winter storms can make for pretty landscapes, but can also wreak havoc on you and your family. You can protect your family by being prepared before winter storms start moving in.

How to prepare a winter storm survival kit. The National Weather Service recommends having the following items:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
  • Extra food and water. Have 3 gallons of bottled water for each person in the household, as well as high-energy food, such as dried fruit or candy, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration. Stock up on food for your pets as well.
  • Extra medicine and baby items
  • First-aid supplies
  • Emergency heating source, such as a fireplace space heater. Learn to use properly to prevent a fire.
  • Warm clothing and plenty of blankets

Stay informed. Keep the TV or radio on for regular updates about an approaching winter storm, or visit the National Weather Service’s weather-advisory website.

Stay home. Get home before the storm hits and then don’t drive unless you have to — the majority of winter-storms-related deaths are in car accidents. If you must travel, fill up your gas tank, stay on cleared roads and carry a fully charged cell phone. Just like your winter storm survival kit for home you should have a kit in the trunk of your car with the following winter survival items;

Winter Survival Car Kit

  • Charged cell phone
  • First-aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • 6 bottles of water minimum
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Road flares
  • Duct tape you never know
  • Sleeping Bags or Blankets
  • Extra jacket, gloves, boots and rain gear
  • A few trash bags to be used as a poncho

Stay safe and stay home when winter storms are approaching.

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