Disaster Prep Summer Series: Blizzards and Winter Storms

Good Evening Everyone!!
We have 3 posts left in our Disaster Prep Summer Series.  Today's post is on blizzards and winter storms.

Winter Storm Outlook- Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2-5 days

Winter Weather Advisory- Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous.  When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

Winter Storm Watch- Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36-48 hours.  People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions

Winter Storm Warning- Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours.  People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

Photo by Buzz Andersen

Before the Storm:

Yes you already have your pantry stocked but if you have a good amount of warning about a storm headed your way, consider stopping by your local store to grab some perishables like milk and fruit.
At the end of fall before the first snow, make sure you car is winterized.  Update your car emergency kit to include cold weather items and consider items like ice rated windshield wipers and snow tires.  Also refill your gas tank whenever you reach the half tank line rather than allowing yourself to empty the tank.
Consider storm doors and windows on your house if you have not done so already.
Have your home heating system serviced before it becomes cold enough to need it.  You should also have any chimneys cleaned and inspected as well.
Have some alternative heating options on hand in case the power goes out.  Have plenty of blankets, wood for a wood fire if you have a wood buring fire place or stove.

During the Storm:

Take advantage of the electricity while you have it and keep your house warm even at night.  Temps during these storms can plummet so this can help keep pipes from freezing.  Also charge everything you can like cell phones and laptops.
Try to make sure everyone is home before the storm hits to avoid anyone getting stranded.
Make sure all pets have been brought into the house or arragements made for any livestock.
Keep water running at a slow stream in one faucet to keep the water in your pipes moving.  This helps prevent freezing.
Keep your tv or emergency radio on and tuned to your local emergency station.
Have a shelter or another home where you can evacuate to if you are unable to keep yourselves warm.


Be very VERY careful when using any items like space heaters as they can spark and cause a fire and some can even start to emitt carbon monoxide.  Make sure all your homes carbon monoxide detectors have battery backups that will continue to work in a power outage.  and turn off the gas at the meter if your detectors go off.
Do NOT NOT NOT use anything that runs on propane, gasoline or charcoal devices like grills or generators anywhere inside the house and keep it away from any vents outside the house that could allow the fumes to get back into the house.

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