A winter storm can isolate you in your home for several days, especially if you are in a rural or country setting.
Be prepared to be without conventional forms of heating and cooking for at least a one week period, preferably be prepared for one month without these luxuries.
- Keep a battery powered radio and flashlights in working order, and maintain a sock of extra batteries. We recommend using Sanyo Eneloop which are one of the best rechargeable batteries on the market.
- Maintain a supply of food that can be prepared without heating such as canned food, cheese, meats, etc.
- Stock emergency water and cooking supplies.
- Have candles and matches available in case of power outages.
- Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel; your regular fuel sources may be cut off.
- Have available some type of emergency heating source and a sufficient supply of fuel so you can keep at least one room in your house warm enough to be livable. Kerosene heaters and wood stoves are good sources of backup heat.
- Prevent fire hazards due to overheating with coal, oil or wood burning stoves, fireplaces and furnaces. Have chimneys cleaned by a professional and inspected annually.
- Keep fire extinguishers on hand. These also need to be professionally maintained. Make sure your family knows how to use them!
- Stay indoors during a storm. If you must go outside, dress appropriately.
- Don’t kill yourself shoveling snow! It is extremely hard work for anyone in less-than-excellent physical condition and can bring on a heart attack, which is a major cause of death during and after a storm.
- If heavy snow accumulates on your roof, you must keep your heating vent systems clear to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- With advance notification of a storm, make sure your prescription medication supplies are filled prior to any upcoming winter storms.
- With advance notification, mothers, make sure you stock up on diapers, formula and wet wipes.