As winter approaches it is important to take some time to think about preparing for a snowstorm. By having the necessary supplies and with some proper planning, you will have fewer worries when a snowstorm does happen. Preparing for a snowstorm is easy. You just need to take the time to get things ready. Here are some things you can do to properly prepare for the next snowstorm to come your way.
According to FEMA having an emergency kit is one step in preparing for a snowstorm. An emergency kit should include essential items like a snow shovel and other items for the purpose of snow removal such as a snow blower. If you home has a fireplace or wood burning stove, keep an ample supply of seasoned firewood in a dry place. Rock salt should be kept on hand to keep walkways free of ice. You should also consider having sand in your emergency kit for maintaining traction.
You should also have a family communication plan when preparing for a snowstorm. Having a communication plan is essential so that each family member knows what to do in the event of an emergency. A family communication plan should include things like meeting places. Include a plan on how you will contact each other if you family becomes separated. By having a communication plan in place you will be able to reunite quicker if your family does become separated.
Another important thing to do when preparing for a snowstorm is to have a supply kit ready. According to the Red Cross some items to include is a three day supply of one gallon per person per day, a three day supply of non-perishable food, a hand crank radio, first aid kit, a seven day supply of all family member’s medications, copies of important personal documents such as passports, birth certificates, and insurance policies, extra cash, pet supplies, and family and emergency contact information. You should also include any other essential items specific to your family’s needs.
There are a few other general things you can do to prepare for a snowstorm. One thing to consider is keeping your gas tank full to prevent the fuel like from freezing, insulate windows and doors, and maintain your fireplaces and furnaces. Simple things like this will help you to be more prepared in the event of a snowstorm.
Preparing for a snowstorm is very important. When a snowstorm occurs chances are you may lose electricity or could be unable to leave your home for an extended period of time. By planning ahead of time you will be sure to have an ample supply of the things your family needs to get through more comfortably and safely.