This past week we had our first snowfall. It was a little less than an inch, but it was enough of a reminder that we need to keep ourselves prepared for a winter emergency. Now, I’m not talking about:
Although, that ALWAYS happens and I find it hysterical when I get to the store and find the bread shelves are just about empty!
But, the concept is there. If you are expecting a significant amount of snowfall. Make sure you have food! We can’t survive on snow! You will want to keep at least three days worth of food and water per person. If you live in a more rural area that may not get plowed quickly? Make that a week and a half worth of food and water per person.
Here are my top 8 items to make sure you keep on hand in case of a winter storm in your town:
- Flashlight and/or Candles – This one is a no brainer. If you get that heavy snow and you lose power? Well, you kinda need light to see :). So make sure you have one or two Flashlights for everyone in your home. Use Candles if you want to save on batteries and to keep your home smelling nice.
- Blanket – If your heat goes out, it’s going to be a cold one! I keep three blankets in my living room and more blankets put away in the bedrooms. And you cannot go wrong with curling up on a blanket on a cold snowy day! I don’t know about you, but mine? The thicker and softer, the better!
- Books and Board Games – If the power goes out, there goes most forms of entertainment we use today. Keep books and board games on hand for more old fashioned fun!
- Important Documents – This includes your Birth Certificate, Social Security Cards, Deed to your home, Warranty information. You never know what can happen and it’s always better to be safe now than sorry later.
- Non-electric Can Opener – Most of the food that will be easily eaten without power, regardless if it’s hot or cold, is going to be canned food. If your power goes out, the can opener will be a life saver.
- Cooler filled with ice – If your power goes out, you want to try and save as much food as you can. Although, if you’re in the middle of a huge snow storm, you could probably just throw everything into the snow and it will have the same effect.
- A full tank of gas – In the event you have to leave your home, you don’t know if you’ll get stuck and having gas will help you keep the car heated. (SIDE NOTE: If this happens to you. Make sure to keep the snow away from your tailpipe! You don’t want to asphyxiate from the fumes being trapped.)
- Don’t forget your furry little family members – Make sure you have plenty of pet food for them.
What would you add to this list? What’s the longest you’ve been stuck in the house due to a snow storm?