Are you Winter ready?

Are you Winter ready?

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Autumn is upon us which means in a few short months winter will be here. Are you ready for the frigid winter weather? Are your home and vehicles equipped in case of an emergency? Do you know what you would need in case of a week-long power outage? Do you know what you would need if you were trapped in a ditch for 8 hours? Here are a few tips to make your transition into winter a little easier.

Thankfully preparing your HOME for winter is not what it was 100 years ago thanks to modern day amenities; but that being said you’ll still want to do a quick check to make sure everything is on the up and up. Make sure your home is winterized; windows are sealed against cold drafts, no overhanging branches that may fall onto your home in case of strong winds or heavy snow/ice, furnace is ready for winter, eavestroughs have been cleared to prevent icicles etc. Most importantly have an emergency plan AND kit on hand. Even the basic kit will be of use; here are just a few examples of what might come in handy.

-Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
-Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
-Battery-powered or solar-powered radio and extra batteries.
-Flashlight and extra batteries.
-First aid kit.
-Whistle to signal for help.
-Moist novelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
-Manual can opener.
-Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
-Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

We spend a fair amount of time in our VEHICLE which makes it another area to prepare for winter. Make sure that your vehicle is ready to handle the icy roads and temperature drops. Having an Emergency Road Kit readily available is a smart way to treat injuries and/or stay warm should you find yourself a victim of icy road conditions. A few quick tips to ensure your car is ready for the treacherous weather/road conditions.

  • Avoid dangerous winter travel problems by planning ahead.
  • Have maintenance service on your vehicle as recommended.
  • Check the antifreeze level.
  • Keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Dress for the drive/have additional clothes available in the vehicle.
  • Have a vehicle cell phone charger.

Information gathered from links below.

http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/beforestorm/preparehome.asp

http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/sfttps/tp201101-en.aspx

http://www.ready.gov/kit

http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1390846764394-dc08e309debe561d866b05ac84daf1ee/checklist_2014.pdf


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