Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads. To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you should know how to prepare your home and your car before a winter storm hits.
Tip 1: Get a snow shovel.
Get a quality snow shovel so you can dig yourself out if need be. You may also need to shovel to dig your car out once the storm is over. Consider getting a small snow shovel to dig snow out of smaller corners.
Tip 2: Test flashlights and battery-powered lamps.
Put fresh batteries in your lamps and flashlights if a storm is coming. Go for a model that can power your cell phone if you can.
Tip 3: Stock up on candles and holders.
In case your flashlight suddenly gives out or you run out of batteries, you can light your home the old-fashioned way.
Tip 4: Fill some shelves with non-perishable food.
Stock up on canned soups and vegetables, powdered food, and grains like rice and pasta. Make sure you have enough to last your family at least three or four days. Find a hand-operated can-opener too.
Tip 5: Fill up some containers of water.
If you're worried about the pipes freezing, stock up on some water. You can buy it bottled – either in small bottles or in gallon jars. You can also simply recycle a few gallon jugs or purchase some, then fill them from the tap.
Tip 6: Gather blankets and warm clothing.
You may already have these items, but remember you will need enough blankets to keep you warm without any heat and in adverse conditions. Consider purchasing mittens, thick woolen socks, and a hooded sweatshirt, if you don't already own these items.
Tip 7: Locate your first aid kit.
You never know what kind of injuries or emergencies will happen when the lights go out. Buy a first aid kit if you don't have one, and familiarize yourself with the contents.
Tip 8: Consider buying a portable heater.
A gas-powered heater is a wise investment for any emergency situation.
Tip 9: Consider investing in a generator.
If the power frequently goes out where you live, consider getting a portable or stationary electrical generator.
It is best to avoid traveling, but if travel is necessary, keep the following in your car: