Last winter, Mother Nature sprinkled some unexpected snow all over the country. States that were accustomed to rough winters were nearly snow-free, and some who had never experienced a blizzard were dealing with harsh storms. It’s hard to predict what this winter will bring to your neck of the woods this year. And that’s why it’s important to prepare your home in case of a blizzard.
Here are a few of our favorite home preparedness tools to stock up on before the storm hits:
Multiple alternate light sources
Your first choice for immediate light should be a flashlight. Flashlights are safer and provide more visibility when traveling around the house. Don’t forget to keep extra batteries in the home to keep the flashlight(s) alive for multiple days. It is also important to have candles and lighters available at all times. Candles will provide ambient light for you or your family when cooking or relaxing. If you have a fireplace, don’t forget to keep a healthy stock of firewood safe and dry during blizzard season.
Plenty of water
Studies suggest at least one gallon of water be available per person, per day. It is possible to keep the water flowing from the tap even after loss of electricity, but as we know, it is hard to keep pipes from freezing during a winter power outage. One tip is to let your faucets slowly drip – this will help prevent freezing. Either way, it is important to have plenty of water on hand in advance.
Food and a manual can opener
High-energy food, such as dried fruit or cookies, and canned food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best. It is important to stock up on nonperishable foods ahead of time, such as canned goods and even sugar-heavy cookies and snacks for quick energy. Many of us have electric can openers, so be sure you have an old-school manual opener in your kitchen incase of a storm.
Cell-phone charging tool
It is important to be able to have a way to communicate outside of your home in case of emergency. There are multiple battery-powered, solar-powered, or hand-crank devices that will keep your cell phone charged when electricity is out. Etón Corp’s Boost Turbine for example, will manually charge your smartphone without power.
Why not enjoy the time you have with your loved ones while trapped indoors. It isn’t often that all of you are together without places to be or cell-phones to answer – so have some fun with it! Prep your house with technology-free toys and entertainment for everyone in the house, such as board games, cards, books, puzzles, and even craft supplies.
When prepping for a blizzard or winter storm, you should not only prep for home but also your car. Check out our tips for preparing your vehicle for winter travel, and share any other tips you may have with us in the comments!
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