When winter rolls around, winter storms are part of the package. Whether they're ice storms or snow storms, it’s important to take measures beforehand in order to keep you and your family safe. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a few ways for you to prepare ahead of time before the first storm of the season hits.
Winter Storm Season
When winter storm season first rolls around, begin stocking supplies that you may need in case of a major storm. You’ll want to grab extra flashlights and fresh batteries in case there’s a power outage, and also a phone charger for your car so that your phone will always be charged. Making sure you also have a hand crank radio, since it will allow you to be aware of any evacuation warnings if your power goes out.
In addition, stock up on non-perishable food before winter really rolls in. That way, you’ll be prepared in case of a storm that may leave roads blocked with snow. Invest in a snow shovel and a first aid kit for your car, as well. And always be sure to check on your car before winter so that you can be assured it’s running properly. Check antifreeze levels, and also your tire pressure.
Winter Storm Watch
When you see a winter storm watch for your area, you should start preparing your yard and your home. If there are any low-hanging branches in your yard, then make sure to cut them down. Extra snowfall, or ice, can bring down tree branches during a storm, and can cause damages to your roof or other structures in the area.
Also make sure to invest in sand for road traction in your driveway, and
Winter Storm Warning
You know that a storm is going to impact your area during a warning, so make any last preparations you need. If your power goes out during the storm itself, keep a trickle of water running through your faucets. That way, your pipes are less likely to freeze. And keep an ear on your radio so that you know if you need to evacuate an area or not.
If you’re using kerosene heaters, make sure that you ventilate properly so as not to build up toxic fumes. And if you go away during the cold weather, keep the heat on in your home so that it doesn’t drop below 55 degree Fahrenheit.
If you want more tips about getting ready for winter weather, or if you want to find supplies, check out our disaster & survival kits.