Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Are you prepared for Winter?

Seasonal change is upon us... before you know it the mercury will drop and you don't want to be caught off guard.  Now is the time to analyze your preparedness for winter weather and to do some general seasonal updating.  No matter where you live, your likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in your life. That could mean snow or subfreezing temperatures, as well as strong winds or even ice or heavy rain storms.  One of the primary concerns is a storm’s ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home sometimes for days at a time. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

Start with the basics does everyone in your home have:
(Verify everyone’s sizes!! Children grow!)

  • light weight sweater/jacket
  • wet weather jacket/poncho
  • heavy jacket/coat
  • cold weather shoes
  • good pair of tennis shoes/sneakers
  • at least 5 pairs of long pants
  • at least 5 long sleeve shirts
  • gloves
  • hat
  • scarf
For every bed do you have at the very least:
  • heavy comforter
  • mid weight blanket
  • flannel sheets
  • 2 extra blankets
  • A sleeping bag for every family member
Aside from your everyday emergency supplies what if you were without power for a week during the winter? How would you heat your home and keep your family warm?  DO you have small children or elderly folks to consider?
If you don't already have one get/create a Winter Emergency Supply Kit which includes items like:
  • non-perishable food
  • water
  • battery-powered or hand-crank radio,
  • extra flashlights and batteries.
  • Rock salt /kitty litter other products to melt ice on walkways.
  • Sand to improve traction Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
  • Also include adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • Alternate way to heat your home safely
Already have everything? Good for you! Now is the time to check on your items so you can put your hands on them in a hurry if you have to also add additional supplies in preparation for winter weather.


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