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The worst part about Summer ending is it means Fall and Winter are on their way with brutal weather and often dangerous storms.
Wherever you live, you’re likely to experience some form of severe winter weather.
Now is the time to get ready for it.
In this quick video, I share some tips to help you prepare your family, home and vehicle for the upcoming winter.
Prepare Your Family
The first step in getting ready for winter storms is to prepare your family. This means creating a Family Emergency Preparedness Plan.
Make sure everyone in the family understands the plan. You want to talk to your kids about the preparations and ensure they feel relaxed and confident that you all have a plan to stay safe.
Your Emergency Preparedness Plan should contain:
- Phone Numbers and Ways to Contact each Family Member
- Medical Information
- Insurance Information
- Meeting Place – Have two options: Just outside your house for any sudden emergency and further away from your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home.
- Plans for each Family Member to Get to the Meeting Place
- Safe Options to Wait Out a Storm
- List of Radio Stations or Websites to Check for Updates
- Ways to Work Together with your Neighbors
Let family members know that unless you’re in danger, it’s best to send text messages as they may have an easier time getting through than phone calls and helps keep phone lines clear for emergency workers.
After an emergency, you can use the American Red Cross website to register yourself and your family as Safe and Well so that loved ones know you are okay.
Prepare Your Home
Before Fall and Winter, it’s a good idea to get your house ready for colder weather and possible emergencies brought on by severe storms.
To Get Your House Ready for Cold:
- Check Caulking around Doors and Windows
- Seal any Holes or Cracks in the Exterior of your Home
- Install and/or Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Ensure your House has Good Ventilation and Keep Generators Outside
- Use Weather Resistant Locks on Fences and Gates in your Yard
- Secure any Ladders or Outdoor Equipment with Weather Resistant Adjustable Locking Cables
Emergency Preparedness Kit Checklist
Create or Restock An Emergency Kit for Your House
- 3 Day Supply of Food
- 3 Day Supply of Water
- Glow Sticks
- Warm Clothes
- First Aid Kit
- Rock Salt
- Snow Shovel
- Heating Fuel (e.g. dry wood to make a fire in a fire place)
- Fire extinguisher
- Pet Food and Supplies
- Extra Cash
Prepare Your Vehicle
Before winter weather arrives, ensure your vehicles are all ready.
- Get Your Cars Serviced So They’re Operating Well
- Check Tire Pressure and Tire Tread Routinely throughout the Winter
- Ensure Headlights and Windshield are Clean and Windshield Wipers are Working
- Try to Keep Your Car’s Gas Tank Full at all times During the Winter
Vehicle Emergency Kit Checklist
Create or Restock an Emergency Vehicle Kit for Each Vehicle:
- Folding Hand Shovel
- Windshield Scraper
- Winter Tire Chains
- Sleeping Bag
- First Aid Kit
- Reflective Gear
- Extra Clothes including Socks, Boots & Belt
- Road Salt
- Extra Phone Charger, Portable Power Station, or Power Inverter to Charge Items in Car
- Hand Warmers
- Jumper Cables
- Windshield De-Icer
- Extra Cash
Possible Extra Items for Vehicle Emergency Kits:
- Tow Rope
- Road Flares
- Bungee Cords
- Duct Tape
- Extra Pre-Paid Cell Phone
Follow these tips and pack up your emergency kits and keep your family and home safe this winter.
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Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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