Dad of Divas' Reviews: 5 Essential Tips For Surviving a Winter Storm

Thursday, January 27, 2011

5 Essential Tips For Surviving a Winter Storm

5 Essential Tips For Surviving a Winter Storm

1. Prepare your home
Shut all of your windows and exterior doors. Insulate all interior water pipes with a heavy foam wrap or insulation to stop the potential of freezing. Ensure flashlights have batteries, cellular phones are completely charged, and candles are available.

2. Have a blizzard kit handy
Keep an emergency blizzard kit on-hand at all times. Have it loaded with non-perishable food, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, blankets, warm clothing and a first-aid kit. Stock enough supplies to last each family member a few days. Store the kit in a safe, accessible area of the house.

3. Plan for power outages
Plan for an alternate source of heat if you rely on electricity for heating and cooking. Power outages are very common during blizzards and may last for a few days. Backup generators are great for powering a few appliances, but make sure you have enough gas to run it.

4. Prepare your car
Keep a blanket, water, food, a shovel and even a little bit of sand in your car at all times. The shovel and sand will be essential if you get stuck in the snow. The blanket, food and water will sustain you until help arrives.
5. Get ready to dig
Gather tools like shovels, snow blowers and other equipment used for snow removal. Leave them inside your garage or back door so you have access to them after the blizzard.  If they must be stored outside, make sure they are secured to withstand high winds. 

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