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7 Ways to Prepare for a Winter Storm

On November 18, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, With 1 Comment

7 Ways to Prepare for a Winter Storm

 

Winter is coming… Actually, looking at the weather forecast, winter is here. That means freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, power outages, and of course the occasional snow ball fight.  It’s best to be prepared for the stark winter season.

 

WP_20141118_11_16_34_Pro1. Hand Crank Flashlight and Emergency Radio

 Living in the northeast, winter storms and and power outages go hand and hand. It’s crucial to stay informed even if you don’t have batteries to operate a radio. Be sure to get a hand crank radio. The example in the photo is a hand crank radio, LED flashlight, and has a DC 6 volt input for charging. You can find one like this online for only $7.99.

 

2. Pack Cat Litter in Your Vehicle

Alright, this one might sound strange, but it can be a game changer when your car gets stuck in the snow. If you sprinkle cat litter or even sand under your tires, it should generate enough traction for your car to get on the move.

3. Have an Ample Supply of Batteries

You can never have enough batteries. Flashlights and most portable radios operate on battery power. Be sure to have a supply to keep your family out of the darkness.

7 ways to prepare for a winter storm graphic4. First Aid Kit

Many households have a first aid kit. But not all keep the first aid kit up-to-date. Resupply all the items or purchase a first aid kit for your home. You never know when you’ll need it.

5. Board Games and Puzzles

One of the worst parts about power outages and being stuck in doors? BOREDOM! Stock up on some power free entertainment. Board games and puzzles bring a family together.

6. Don’t Park your Vehicle Under Trees

Most power outages occur because of a fallen tree branch. We have all seen it before. Tree branches become brittle in the cold temperatures and heavy snow could force them to snap. Make sure your vehicle is well out of the way of trees to avoid car damage.

7. Backup Generator

This not be in everyone’s budget, but nevertheless, it is handy to have in winter storms. You can power your TV for news updates, power a microwave, or an electric skillet for meals, and even your refrigerator. Generators are meant to run outdoors. Do NOT keep a generator running inside your home. This could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.


And when the power turns back on and the snow comes to a halt, take a breath… And make a snowball.

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  1. […] For more information on wintertime readiness, read this week’s  SALT newsletter article, 7 Ways to Prepare for Winter. Is your household prepared with its “ready” […]

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