With many parts of the country being threatened by extended blizzards and snow storms, there is always the possibility that you and your family could end up being stuck inside your home for days on end without power, water or even gas. As a result, it is crucial to prepare for this scenario ahead of time by ensuring that you have the following items on hand.
1. A Backup Lighting Source
If the power goes out, you will not be able to engage in regular activities such as watching TV, playing console games or even using your computer. As a result, you will need to rely on other activities such as crafts, reading, writing or even playing board games to help pass the time. For this, you will need a battery-powered light source that will enable you to see what you are doing. Flashlights and battery-powered lanterns will also come in handy when you need to prepare food or administer medication or first aid if injuries occur.
2. A Well-Stocked Pantry
If you live in an area that is prone to snow storms, it’s crucial to ensure that you prepare well ahead of time by stocking up on basic pantry items throughout the year. These should be items such as rice, sugar, tinned foods, pasta and virtually anything else that has a relatively long shelf life. This will ensure that you do not have to make panic purchases before an impending snow storm or blizzard. If you have pets, ensure that you have an adequate supply of food on hand for them as well.
3. First Aid Kit
Accidents can happen at any time, and as a result, it is essential to be prepared – especially if you know that you will not be able to drive anywhere for a few days. If any family members suffer from allergies, ensure that there is medication on hand to treat these if they arise. You should also have a selection of bandages, disinfectants, Band-Aids and over the counter medications to treat conditions such as nausea and diarrhea on hand.
4. Alternative Cooking Source
When the power is out, electric ovens and stovetops will not work. In some cases, cities may disable gas lines until the weather stabilizes as well, which will leave you without any way to cook food for your family. If you are fortunate enough to have a wood stove or even a wood fireplace, you can improvise by using these to heat food. If these options are not available, you may have to consider investing in a propane-powered camping stove that can be used during outages.
5. Bottled Water
Even during cold periods, it is essential that you and your family have enough clean drinking water on hand. In many cases, extreme cold causes water supply pipes to burst, which can leave you without a supply for days on end. It is recommended that you have at least five gallons of water on hand for each family member that can be used for drinking and basic washing – don’t forget to keep enough water on hand for pets as well.
Keeping these items on hand throughout the year will ensure that you do not need to make a frantic rush to the nearest store after hearing a weather warning. It will allow you to stay calm and keep your family safe indoors instead.