Every time the seasons start to change, it’s always a good idea to double check your preparations. For folks in more northern states, preparing for winter is critical—especially with predictions for a harsh weather this year.
So this week, we thought we’d lend a hand with some tips to help you make sure you have everything covered. You can think of it as a checklist, though not exhaustive—you should consider your own needs as well to be even more thorough.
Check & Double Check Your Home
- Make sure windows are sealed, caulking and adding insulation if necessary
- Have a professional ensure roof, ceilings, gutters and chimney are in sound and working order
- Test all locks, clean and lubricate
- Ensure enough stock of snow removal supplies and gear (shovels break; keep extra)
Heat, Light and Fuel
- Test generator, check fuel supply
- Check furnace filters, replace if necessary
- Well-seasoned wood, if you have a fireplace
- Always maintain a half tank of gas in your car plus extra tanks at home
- Emergency candles for power outages
- Calculate at least 3 servings per day per person
- At least a month of survival food in case of the worst emergencies
- Keep an alternative stove with fuel
- You’ll want to store enough or have the ability to filter or treat enough for a gallon per person per day
- Same as with food, at least one month’s worth of water
- Water quality is easily contaminated during and after winter storms—make sure yours removes as many impurities as possible
Prepare Your Vehicle
- New wiper blades, snow tires or chains
- Keep at least 72 hours of food
- Gloves, hat, snow brush and blanket in every car
- Keep water or a portable filter
Relax and Rest Assured
Once you have everything in place, it’s time to rest assured knowing you are ready for the worst winter can brew up. It’s the most relaxing feeling in the world.
What’s your preparedness plan for winter? Anything we missed? Please share in the comments below!