Winter is quickly approaching and that means it’s time to prepare for anything. Learning how to emergency prep for a winter storm is easy, yet it does take some time to plan. You need to know what is appropriate to pack. Follow along as you learn how to emergency prep for a winter storm.
Emergency Prep for a Winter Storm
When it comes to emergency prep for a winter storm, you need to know WHAT to do. Think of it as a checklist of sorts. You know what you need to do ahead of time, so when the time does come, you’re ready. You can’t really prepare after an emergency strikes, which is why you need to prep yourself NOW.
Prepare Your Home
One of the most important things you can do for winter storm prep is to prepare your home. Think of your home like your hiding place. It’s the place that is going to keep you warm and safe.
Your home should be fully insulated. Take the time to also go around all the windows in your home and make sure they are caulked and there is no cold air coming through.
Check doors to make sure no cold air is coming through any cracks. Doing this now will ensure you have your home fully prepped for any winter weather coming your way.
Prep Your Pantry
Prepping your pantry for a winter storm is a real thing. You will want to make sure you have the right foods in your pantry, in case of a winter storm.
If the power goes out, you won’t be able to rely on cold foods for eating. So, you will need to make sure your pantry is stocked with the appropriate foods for an emergency.
There are several canned foods I’d highly recommend that you store. Having the right canned foods on hand help to ensure that your family does not starve during a winter weather emergency.
Also, if you have to survive for several weeks off of the food in your pantry, you’ll want to make sure it’s a food you can use. And for the love of everything that is good, don’t forget a can opener!
Prep a Home Emergency Kit
There is a lot more to surviving a winter storm than food and a warm home. You have to prepare as though no one else will be able to get to you. As you prepare, keep in mind that anything you need, you may be the only resource available. It’s important to emergency prep now, so you’re ready later.
Here are some of the items you may want to include in your home emergency kit:
- Warm blankets
- Layers of warm clothes
- Flashlights and headlamps
- Cell phone
- Cell phone charger
- Extra water and food
- A good quality generator
- Heat In A Can by Linda (use outside only)
Of course, this list is changeable, depending on who in your family needs what. This list is to give you ideas, but you should prep whatever makes you feel the most comfortable. You’ll be glad you included the right items in your supply kit(s).
Prep a Medical Kit
Prepping an emergency kit for a winter storm is important, but prepping a medical kit is alongside one of the more important things to do. A medical kit may be all you have if something were to happen.
An emergency medical kit shouldn’t just have the basics, it should also include the more complex items.
Here is a list of items to put in a medical kit…
- Anesthetic wipes
- Band-aids in different sizes
- Adhesive tape
- Sterile gauze
- Safety pins
- Warm blanket
- Non-latex gloves
- Extra prescribed medicine
- Calamine lotion
- Emergency phone numbers
- CPR kit
Don’t skimp out on any of these items because you’ll want to ensure you have all of them in case of an emergency. Natural disasters happen every single day. Are you prepared? Remember that the American Red Cross can’t always get to you right away. Sometimes you’ll have to fend for yourself for a couple of hours or a few days.
What are good things to have in a survival kit?
Whether you call it an emergency kit or a survival kit, there are some important things to have in these kits. Basic survival kits need items like water purification tablets, duct tape, metal pots, tools, an emergency poncho, basic first aid kit, and whatever else you think you may need.
Remember that a survival kit includes the MINIMUM that you would need to survive. Get your family members involved in creating these kits. Also, don’t forget the sturdy shoes!
What should I know about emergency preparedness?
Let’s talk about emergency preparedness for a minute. The whole point of prepping an emergency kit NOW is in the event of an emergency later. There are all types of emergencies that happen, you need to be prepared for them.
There are man-made disasters that happen every single year and emergency management is important. Make sure you’re doing what you can now to be prepared.
How often should you update an emergency kit?
While you may not face an emergency every single day, you should check your emergency kit every six months. It’s not something you need to be obsessed with, but it is something you should check on a few times a year.
Also, as the Centers for Disease Control update their information on disease control and prevention, you will want to make sure you update your emergency kit as necessary.
What makes a winter emergency kit different than any other time of the year?
The bottom line is that you don’t want to fall short during the winter months. Staying warm is important. Many people die from hypothermia because they can’t stay warm enough. You can’t go wrong with prepping an emergency kit for winter, you just can’t.
With all of these tips in mind, make sure you customize the winter emergency kit to your family, there may be certain things you need that other families don’t need.
Get Your Car Ready For Winter
- Rotate tires if necessary
- Put snow tires on if you use them
- Keep your gas tank at 1/2 to 3/4 full at all times
- Get your car serviced as needed
- Wash your car and vacuum the mats
- Have your anti-freeze checked
- Fill the window washer cleaner
- Rotate your Emergency Supply Kit Items
- Add some sturdy shoes to your trunk, you’ll be glad you did
Other Emergency Prep Posts to Checkout
- Emergency Preparedness – How Prepared Are You?
- How to Store Your Emergency Preparedness Items
- Survival Food and Emergency Food Storage
I hope today’s post gives you ideas to be prepared for the coming months. It’s all about planning your emergency prep ahead of time. May God bless this world, Linda