Preparing for Winter StormsBrian Neville
Winter storms have a thousand ways of interrupting dinner. Power outages are common as ice builds up on power lines, car slide-offs regularly take out transformers, deep snow and ice can either keep you or supply trucks from getting to the store and hazardous conditions and dangerously low temperatures make it a bad idea to even try.
Forty-nine US states experience winter storms. That means, wherever you are, at some point you can count trying to figure out what to make with ketchup, crackers and a sickly-looking apple as the snow piles up outside.
The way we see it, when a winter storm hits you can either eat ketchup and cracker sandwiches, slip and slide for an hour to get to the grocery store that’s only 5 minutes away (risking your safety and insurance deductible), or stay safely in your home and break out the gourmet emergency food that’s stashed in the pantry (yes, survival food doesn’t have to be boring). We recommend the latter.
Here are some other tips for staying safe in winter storms:
- Make sure you have a backup heating source such as a wood-burning fireplace or fuel heater. Make sure you have proper ventilation.
- Make a family communications plan in case you aren’t all together when the storm hits.
- Take it easy shoveling snow – heart attack from over exertion is a leading cause of death in the winter.
- If you have to go outside, keep dry as wet clothing loses all of it’s insulating properties.
- If your pipes freeze remove any insulation and wrap pipes in towels or rags. Open faucets wide and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed.
- Of course, make sure you have at least 7 days of dehydrated food or freeze-dried for your entire household. Of course, we are partial to our brand, but what matters is you have a week worth of food for your family, and that it will keep for several years since you’ll want to set this food aside just for emergencies.
Chances are you’re going to experience some kind of supply chain delay because of a storm this year – a little preparation will go a long way.