Preparing For Winter

By: Sandra Benitez
Published on October 31, 2011
Last Updated on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 11:20 AM
Total Updates: 5

With an unexpected snowfall in western Maryland this past weekend, it got me towards thinking about snowfall and winter time. How prepared are we this year if an emergency or situation arrived in which we were stuck in our homes for extended periods? Are you the person that has the stockpile or runs to the grocery store once the emergency strikes?

All of us remember couple years back, how bad the snowfall was and how it prevented us from doing our everyday chores and tasks that we so easily took for granted. It lead to us being stuck in our homes, missing workdays or worse yet being stuck at work! Since the last severe snowfall, I have prepared my family for disasters that may occur. This doesn't just limit me to winter emergencies but that is what I'll focus on during this article.

The most important aspect of being prepared is to make sure it occurs before anything can happen. If you have animals, make sure that you have an extra bag of dog or cat food on hand at all times. Also keeping bottled water is always good, in case of pipes freezing. It also can assist your household with drinking supply and great for cooking and basic bathing needs. Let's think milkā€¦.but using dry milk. This is an incredibly easy storage item to keep at hand and maintains freshness for long periods of time. It is also easy to store. Beans is another high protein item in case of emergencies as well as pancake mixes can be fun for the family to have on icky, cold days. Other staple items to keep are dried eggs, matches, candles and toiletries in storage. These are simple items to stock up on and often can be found through the dollar store.

Lastly, let's consider what we will need for our cars during an emergency. What in case you're motor dies or your battery gives out? I always have jumper cables available in case my battery dies. And yes, this happened before to me. It is easier to find a motorist to assist you than waiting an hour plus for triple AAA to show up to jump you. You should also keep a bug out bag in your car consisting of blankets, flashlight, flares, and change of clothes, water, snow scraper and basic high protein snack foods. You will be grateful preparing for the unexpected and it is super simple to accomplish within one day.

I know that hearing the above may seem like common sense, but let's face the facts that our daily lives and schedules often shadow our other priorities. By preparing this winter, you will save yourself a lot of time and hassle in case of an emergency. Enjoy the winter and be safe.