|Written by Susan Golis|
Get ready for snow storm by being aware of the weather forecast for your area.¬† Watch the national weather service and if your area has a snow storm warning then take the necessary steps to get your home and family organized for a winter mix of snow, sleet or freezing rain.
Ready your home for winter weather; Check for drafts or cracks.¬† Seal the drafts with caulk and apply weather stripping around doors and windows.¬† Install storm windows and doors to cut down on cold drafts coming into your home.¬† Cover your water heater with a jacket to prevent energy leaks also insulate your pipes.¬†¬† Remove the garden hose from faucet and turn on an indoor faucet to allow for a slow drip. Purchase insulated drapes to hang over your windows and doors, these thermal drapes are useful especially if there are power outages.
Check your snow shovel and blower to make sure they are in working order.¬† Purchase rock salt or ice melt for all of your hard surfaces; patio, walkway, driveway.
Trim back trees that have low branches by your home.¬† If your area is hit with an ice storm the trees could become up rooted and fall onto your home.
Fuel your home by purchasing wood for fireplace or stove, propane, oil or gas for generator.¬† Do this before there is a power outage.
Organize your family‚Äôs thermal clothing by getting a cardboard box for each person in your family.¬† Use a marking pen to put the persons name on the outside of the box.¬† Fill the box with thermal clothing, socks and shoes.¬† You should have a change of clothes for seven days.¬† On top of the box set a sleeping bag and extra blankets.
Stock the food pantry with non perishable food.¬† You will need enough food to feed your family for seven days.¬† Purchase bottle water; you will need one gallon per person per day for seven days.¬† Make sure you have batteries, flashlight, candles, matches, and a manual can opener.
Purchase a battery operated radio so you will be up to date with weather forecast in your area.
Make sure your prescriptions are full and that your first aid kit is up to date.
Put perishable foods from your refrigerator in ice chest and set the chest outside on your patio. The freezing outdoor temperature will keep the perishable foods cold. (Do this if your power is off and refrigerator is unable to keep food cold)
Install a gas water heater and stove as this will allow you to take a hot bath or cook on your stove when there is a power outage.
Plan activities for family in the event of a power outage: board games, card games, books, magazines, puzzles or assembling a model car.
If the national weather or your news media tells you to stay indoors and off the roads then do as they suggest.
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