If you’ve lived in a snowy state for most of your life, you are likely prepared for the possibility of being snowed in for a couple days. But the chilly elements can bring a number of surprises like power outages, trees falling on your house or bursting water pipes. But, with freezing weather approaching, it doesn’t hurt to be extra prepared for a winter home emergency.
It really should not be called “non-perishable” because eventually canned goods go bad. If you’ve been stocking up for years for a zombie apocalypse, you might want to rotate the canned goods in the back of the pantry to the front so that they don’t spoil. This way you can be sure you’re eating fresh food when you’re stuck in the house. That being said, you will want to prepare well before the storm hits – maybe pick up a few things every time you go to the store. Everyone will be rushing to the store if a huge winter storm is on its way.
In extremely cold conditions, your water pipes could freeze or rupture. Having a backup supply of bottled water will make sure everyone in your household stays hydrated.
Getting sick is always a risk when it’s cold out. If you’re trapped in your house it will be very difficult to travel to the store to purchase cough syrup or other medicines. If someone in your household requires a prescription, try to refill it before the winter storm. It’s also a good idea to have a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand.
Know the ins and outs of your house
Don’t wait until there is no light in the basement to attempt to find the water shutoff valve. If there isn’t any power, you won’t know which circuit breakers go to which part of the house – and that won’t do you much good. Do you know where the emergency shut off for the gas is? Create a list of where these things are located, how to work them, and make sure everyone in your household is aware.
Get a flashlight—with batteries
If the power goes out, don’t light a candle. Sure, it might be sweet and romantic but it is definitely a fire hazard to have a bunch of candles illuminating the night. Keep several flashlights around the house, with several batteries. A good rule of thumb is to have at least one flashlight for every member of the household – that way no one has to walk alone in the dark.
Stock up on the comfy stuff
Blankets, hats, gloves and cozy clothes are obviously a staple for staying warm. But fireplaces and combustion-based space heaters are also an option. While these are not necessarily risk free – they are effective. If you plan to use one, make sure you read the directions and test it out before an emergency occurs.
Go through your own winter survival kit for your home, and let us know your suggestions!