Winter storms are dangerous weather patterns that are not to be taken lightly. However, there are some easy steps you can follow to get yourself ready for an incoming storm. Remember, it’s important to prepare before the weather arrives, so you aren’t left scrambling when the first snowflakes are dropping on your front yard.
The Right Tools for the Job
Make sure you’ve got plenty of ice melt stocked up, as well as tools for clearing snow. A shovel, an ice scraper, heavy gloves and the right outfits for going out to salt your steps and driveway are also important. Make sure you’re stocked up on tools like wrenches and pliers so you can cut off utilities in a hurry before a storm rolls in.
Stock up on Non-Perishables
Stock your pantry up with non-perishable food items. Particularly, foods that keep for a long time without refrigeration and don’t require heat to prepare are ideal. That’s because you’re likely to lose power in a sufficiently bad storm, and you’ll want to be able to eat something! Crackers, granola bars, peanut butter, bread and the like are all good things to stock up on.
Make sure you get plenty of food for your pets, too!
Get a Generator
A gas-powered generator can be a literal life saver. Make sure you only operate a generator according to its owner’s manual, outdoors and away from any windows. The emissions can be deadly in an enclosed space. However, when used properly, a generator can help keep everyone warm and allow you to cook food by running a heater and a portable grill!
Make sure you stock up on gas or propane, whichever your generator runs on, before the storm. That way, when the storm hits, you’re ready for any blackouts!
You’re going to want an emergency kit built and ready to go. It should include everything you need in the event of a weather emergency. A battery-powered radio, flashlights, batteries, blankets, local maps, cash, candles, matches, a first-aid kit, sleeping bags and the like should all be stocked up.
You’ll also want to include any important family documents, such as insurance information, as well as any pet supplies you think you may need, like leashes and harnesses.