It’s always better to be prepared than to be left in the cold – literally. Here’s what you need to know about what to have on-hand in case of a winter storm.
What to Have On-Hand in Case of a Winter Storm
According to FEMA, you need at least flashlights, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, candles and matches.
But we’ll take it a few steps farther and suggest you put together a whole winter storm kit to keep you, your kids and your pets safe if there’s a massive storm. Here’s a checklist you can use to make sure you’re ready for the worst wintry weather:
- Food. Have at least 3 days’ worth of food on-hand.
- Water. Keep one gallon of water, per person, per day on hand – and you should prep for at least 3 days.
- Dust masks. If there’s contaminated air around you, a mask can help.
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape. If you need to create a shelter within your home – such as in the event of a roof collapse or power outage – having plastic sheeting and tape to wall yourself off can be tremendously beneficial.
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties. You can use these items for personal sanitation.
- Basic home tools, including things like wrenches and pliers. You can use these things to turn off your utilities.
- A manual can opener for food.
- Cell phone with a backup battery.
- Prescription medications and non-prescription medications.
- Pet food and extra water for pets.
- Sleeping bags and warm blankets.
- Complete clothing changes.
- Fire extinguisher.
- Books and games, as well as other activities for kids.
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