Be Prepared For The Next Winter Storm

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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Yet another winter storm has blasted through the nation, yet again, and this one is setting cold temperature records. Did you see the pictures of Niagra Falls frozen over? In my neck of the woods, we get out and play when we see a few drops of what might be sleet or freezing rain falling from the sky because it usually melts as soon as it hits the ground. So, the visuals of all the snow and ice covering so much of the nation are just dumbfounding to those of us who are unaccustomed to the white stuff that falls from above.

Here are a few tips for preparing for the next storm.

1. Stockpile. Keep a running stock pile so that you don’t have to compete with the masses for things like toiletries and personal care items. Sure, go get your bread and milk (or, your veggies, fruit, and nuts!) once you get the heads up that the storm is coming. But, eliminating the extra items will save you time and the headache of competing with the potentially panicked crowds.

2. Cook ahead. Make some easy meals to keep in your freezer for times like this. Then, all you have to do is figure out a way to thaw and heat, rather than to prepare from scratch.

3. Consider investing in a generator. That’s something we who live in the “hurricane zone” have to consider in the hotter months of the year. There is always the risk of a power outage with these types of storms. So, it’s important to be prepared.

4. Write down all emergency numbers. Have them ready. Better to have them on hand than to need them and go scrounging around for them because your internet is down (because the power is out).

5. Plan. Plan. Plan. Plan out what you will do if the power goes out. How will you cook? If you are accustomed to using a garage door opener, figure out how to open your garage manually. Think through all the ways you depend on electricity. Be prepared to give it up or to utilize a back up plan.

How do you prepare for winter storms?

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