Winter can be beautiful, but it can also be deadly. Being ready for every possible situation is an important part of caring for your family. Have you ever thought about how much you rely on the electricity and other utilities in your home? If they were gone, would you be prepared? If your answer is no, then take a few minutes to read this introduction to what you’ll need to survive. We’ll show you the basic tools you need to get started on your cold weather preparedness plan so if someone asks you, “Do you have a cold weather storm kit?” you can smile and tell them yes. And then, even better, you can teach them how to take the proper precautions against everything that the cold weather can throw at your home and family if this winter turns brutal.

Winter storms can range from brief flurries to full-blown blizzards. But when the right combination of moisture, wind and cold temperatures combine forces, even a slight storm can pose a huge threat if you’re not prepared. Here are some good first steps to get you prepared:

  • Emergency Weather Radio
    Keep it in an easily accessible place in your home. There are also apps from government agencies like FEMA, but remember that if cell phone towers are down along with cable and phone services, you won’t have access to the internet. Don’t rely too heavily on modern technology when emergency planning!
  • Stock Up on Food and Water
    You’ll want to keep as much on hand as you’re able based on your budget and the amount of space available in your home and vehicles. It’s better to aim higher because you never know how long a snow emergency can last and you don’t want to add any more stress to an already-difficult situation by worrying about whether you saved enough food. Basic calorie and water math can help you determine the number of meals to have on hand: at 2,000 calories per person per day, plus a gallon of water per person at least for drinking and hygiene. And, don’t forget about your pets!
  • Extra Warm Clothes & Blankets
    Warm clothes and blankets for winter storm kitKeep coats, blankets, hats and gloves in your home and in your vehicles to be used in case of an extreme cold situation. If you find yourself in this worst-case scenario, stay indoors and stay together in one room so that your body heat won’t go to waste. You’ll also want to sit and sleep near others to share your body heat. Limit your time outside and only go out when it’s absolutely necessary and safe to do so.
  • Buy a Generator
    Keep enough fresh fuel on hand to power it in case of an emergency. If you use a gas-powered generator, rotate your fuel every couple months to make sure that it maintains its octane. A generator is especially important if you have critical medication that needs to be maintained at a certain temperature in your fridge or freezer. Just make sure to run your generator away from your home so that carbon monoxide won’t collect indoors and pose a risk of asphyxiation.
  • Stock Up on Batteries
    All types of batteries for devices like flashlights, your weather radio, and backup power for your cell phones. You can store many alkaline batteries in a fridge to extend their life and make sure you rotate them at least once per year.
  • Emergency Kits Winter Weather Emergency Car Kit
    Kits for each of your vehicles that includes basic items like jumper cables, roadside flares, flashlights and batteries, first aid kits, water and non-perishable foods that can hold you over. Also try to keep your vehicle above a half tank of gas at all times when severe cold weather threatens -- if you get stranded, you’ll need all the fuel you can to periodically warm your cabin while you wait for help to arrive.
  • Cold Weather First Aid
    Learn about the basics of identifying and treating cold weather injuries like chilblains, frostbite and hypothermia. This can be as simple as a browser search and printing out a reference sheet to keep inside your emergency kits. Again, plan for having no internet!
  • Be Neighborly
    Check on your neighbors and offer to help them if you’re able. The great thing about Americans in survival situations is that they pull together and care for one another, so plan to be the neighbor who is ready and not the one who is behind and needing help! Proactive planning and having a ready mindset can make all the difference in the world.
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