If you have never actively prepared for the approach of winter, you may want to start doing so this year. The National Weather Service models are predicting a 99% chance that this coming winter will start sooner and be harsher than any we have seen, possibly in this century. Weather science experts are saying the amount of snow we can expect could be many times what we normally get. The northeast and midwest states will see most all the snow while the west will see more rain, other than California where the drought is expected to continue.
This type of severe weather goes far beyond mere inconvenience, it is life threatening. A greater amount of snow than normal could shut down major cities and cause lengthy power outages. The combination of no heat and probable food shortages is a recipe for disaster. The time to prepare for this is now, as the weather could turn as soon as the beginning of November.
What should you do? How can you protect your family from the hazards that this winter will present? Prepare for it now! Better you should start stocking up for the upcoming emergency now than try to run out and buy what you need when the snow is knee deep and everyone else is also trying to do the same thing. Prices will be inflated, shelves may be empty, people could panic and you could be hurt or worse if you are caught out in those conditions.
How to Prepare for a Winter Storm and the Extreme Cold
What should you start stocking up on? Some of these things I am sure you probably know, but others you may not think of. Start with the basics.
Heat – if you lose power and your heat does not work without it, the first thing you will need is an alternative source of heat. Mr Heater portable propane powered heater was my choice. Whichever heater you decide on, make sure that it is approved for indoor use, and even then you may want to slightly crack a window. Make sure to buy a lot of propane tanks, so you do not run out. Never NEVER use outdoor BBQ grills, kerosene heaters, or any other type of heater that is for outdoor use only. You can be overcome by fumes from them.
Heavy Clothing – the best would be snowsuits such as what you wear for skiing or winter hiking, but you can also use thermal underwear, wool socks and insulated boots and parka. Don’t forget the hat and gloves. You may also want to invest in some hand warmers.
Food – when a food shortage hits, and it will when the delivery trucks cannot get to the stores, the first thing to go is the staples. Milk, bread, eggs and such will be gone almost immediately. To avoid this situation, buy good quality powdered milk and store it in a cool dry place. I don’t trust the cardboard containers they come in so I store mine in two liter soda bottles with tightly screwed on caps. Kept moisture free, powdered milk stays good for 2 to 10 years, so don’t be afraid to buy a lot. Loaves of bread should also be on your list. Bread can be frozen with no major damage to it, and if you lose power, you can always keep it outside where it will stay frozen. Eggs can also be frozen, not in their shell, but first crack and beat them and then pour them into ice cube trays. When they are frozen, pop them out and put them in freezer bags. Can goods, pasta, rice, beans are all things that you can stock up on that will last a long time. How much food to store will be determined by how many people in your household. Don’t forget to also buy the means to cook your food. A small propane stove is best, but you can use an outdoor grill if you want to cook outside, but beware, the smell of cooking food may bring unwanted guests for dinner!
Radio – a portable radio that runs on batteries is essential to keep up on what is going on outside your home. Battery operated or solar chargers for your cellphone, tablet or laptop is also a good idea. Being able to communicate with others during a weather emergency is important
Light – stocking up on candles, flashlights and batteries is a good idea, but if you have a lengthy power outage, oil lamps are a much better and cheaper choice. They give off more light and burn a very long time on very little oil. You can buy oil lamps(about $12) on Amazon along with lamp oil and extra wicks.
It may seem a bit overwhelming, but the better you prepare, the safer and happier you will feel. But remember, it is much better not to tell anyone about the preparations you have made for the coming winter, or you may find desperate people showing up on your doorstep when their food runs out and their houses have no heat.
Prepare your urban survival kit by including basic supplies of rock salt, sand and other products to melt ice and improve traction.
Make sure you have snow shovels, ice scrapers for car windows and other needed forms of snow removal equipment, depending on the area and terrain of the region in which you live.
Have an abundance of extra heating fuel on hand, perhaps in the form of firewood or propane heaters. Remember, your regional power source may be immobilized for long periods.
Essential to your winter urban survival guide is to have a Family Emergency Plan in place, making sure that everyone has a method of contacting one another in case disaster strikes.
When Winter Storm Warnings are issued, avoid traveling on the roads and keep informed by listening to National Weather Service broadcasts. Change your plans according to weather updates.
Move your pets and livestock to warm, indoor areas and make sure that they have adequate food and water.
Check your vehicles for antifreeze, heating controls, brake fluids, and battery maintenance. Always keep a full tank of gas.
Prepare in advance by including enough warm clothing, gloves, hats and blankets in your winter urban survival kit. Keep a couple of wool blankets in the trunk of your car as well.
If you take the necessary precautions of creating a detailed plan in the form of a written urban survival plan and emergency kit, weathering these deadly cold fronts can be significantly less challenging. Always be aware of your surroundings and provide adequate ventilation for all heating units in your home as well as in your car, should you get stranded in your vehicle. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is one of the more common killers in these deadly winter storms.
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