When it comes to being prepared for winter storms there’s no better way than equipping your home and your car with a disaster kit. The basic idea is that in case of emergency, heavy storms, power outages, or extreme weather you will be prepared to persist until things normalize or help can arrive. Here we’ll look at the basics and the necessities for any winter disaster kit so you can be prepared for anything.
One of the most important aspects of being prepared which is often overlooked is staying tuned to the appropriate emergency channels to receive advanced warning before a big storm. Make sure that you keep a loose ear on the radio or tv for an advanced warning of serious weather trouble. Additionally, it’s a good idea to keep a cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries in your disaster kit to contact authorities or family if the need arises. Additionally keep a battery powered radio to listen for emergency instructions during a disaster.
Ideally you should have at least two of the following heating sources available during an emergency situation: kerosene space heater heater, blankets and extra clothes, or a fireplace with plenty of dry and seasoned wood. Of course it’s also important to remember the basics of fire safety here and don’t forget to keep your home equipped with fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Additionally, never run a generator indoors and keep your heaters away from fire hazards like furniture or drapes.
Food and Safety
Especially if you live out in the country you never know how long a snowstorm might keep you trapped inside. For this reason it’s important to stock up on food, water, and medical supplies for the occasion. The general guideline for water is to keep one gallon of water per person per day for hydration and sanitation. Eating snow will waste your bodies heat and energy converting it to water and it might also have additional contaminants. For food keep dry / no-cook food for at least a week and a manual can opener. Dried fruits and nuts are abundant in energy and store well for such situations. Lastly be sure that you have a basic medical kit with any prescriptions you or your family may need for at least a week. Additionally make sure that you have sufficient light (candles / flashlights) and extra batteries.
Lastly, while perhaps not technically needed for survival, you should probably keep a board game and a few books for sanity and morale. If you are stuck inside for a week with no power you’ll be glad that you did.