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Snow Storm Emergency Preparedness Tips

 

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If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow during the winter months, you know how important it is to prepare for big snow storms ahead of time. You may find yourself stuck at home, or worse in your car for long periods of time during a snow storm. The heavy snow can cause trees or large branches to fall and cut power lines. Here’s what you should do to make sure you’re not caught unaware by a blizzard.

Winterize Your Home And Car

At the beginning of the cold season make sure both your home and your car are ready for winter. Put on winter tires, fill up the antifreeze, and stock your car with a shovel, sand, snow chains, a warm blanket, and a bit of water and food. If you’d just like to buy a kit instead of making your own, this kit by GetReadyNow is pretty good. It does need a shovel and a blanket.

Make sure your home is well-insulated, your heating is in good working order, and you have an ample supply of heating fuel or firewood. Keeping some emergency water and food rations along with a battery operated weather radio and plenty of ways to stay warm is also a good idea (but you already knew that).

Pay Attention To Weather Forecasts

The good thing about winter storms these days is that meteorologists have gotten pretty good at predicting them well in advance. This gives you plenty of time to stock up on some supplies, get home safely, and hunker down to wait out the storm. Watch weather forecasts regularly throughout the colder months and set up storm alerts on your phone to give you plenty of time to prepare. You can download the ping4alerts! app to make this easier, but it does require location services to be enabled. I have an email in to them about just adding an address and running the app without location services turned on; I’ll update here when I hear back from them.

Minimize Travel

If you know a storm is coming, avoid traveling, particularly on the road. Waiting out a blizzard in your car is not a lotsnowstormdriving of fun and you may be stuck and trapped for hours if not days. Cancel travel plans and do what you can to get home before conditions get too bad.

If you do have to travel during a storm, make sure you gas tank is full and your car is well stocked with winter emergency supplies. Check on road conditions before you head out and pull over if things get too bad. You should also have a charged phone with you to call for help if you get stuck in a storm drift.

Stock Up On Food, Water, Heating Fuel, and Firewood

When there’s a lot of snow or an ice storm in the forecast, stock up on food, drinking water, and heating fuel and/or firewood. Have a plan for heating and preparing food if the power goes out. Having plenty of flashlights and candles is also a good idea. You may also want to make sure you have something non-tech for the kids to play with in case their (or your) phone/tablet/computer runs out of battery.

Wait out the storm and don’t be tempted to head out to clear off the roof. Should you fall and get hurt, emergency services may have no way of reaching you.

Take Care Of Your Animals

Remember to provide for the animals in your care as well. Dogs, cats, goats, poultry, cattle, horses – doesn’t matter; they all need a solid shelter to block the wind and keep at least some of the snow off of them during the storm. Remember to stock the shelter with hay (if appropriate) and some warm water. I use 5-gallon buckets with omega lids (love these lids!) to carry warm water from the house to the outside animals.

Two Big Summits You Don’t Want To Miss!

Holy mother of pearl! There are two back-to-back summits that you do NOT want to miss–the Prepper World Summit 3 and the Mother Earth News Summit.

I don’t how I’m arriving late to the party for this first, but the Prepper World Summit 3 is currently ongoing. It’s run dates are October 22-October 31, 2016. They will have encore days on November 2 and 3, thankfully!

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The Prepper World Summit 3 has a “hand-picked team of 20 world-class prepping & survival experts will reveal how you can avoid common prepping mistakes, take your preparedness to the next level and create a survival plan that WORKS for you and your family.”

Topics include:

  • Bug-out bags. I need this reminder…Don’t ask.
  • Surviving in an urban environment.
  • Growing a stealth food forest. I wonder what kinds of foods will be included?
  • Building community.
  • Prepping with chronic health conditions. I hope they cover more than medication. I’ll pay attention to this one during the encore listening.
  • Permaculture basics. I’m going to be taking as many notes as I can!
  • Building a secret greenhouse on your house disguised as a porch. I’m definitely going to watch this one!
  • And so much more!

Squee! I can’t wait for encore day to listen to everything I’ve missed! Sign up here to be able to listen free!

The second summit that’s coming up is the Mother Earth News Summit online. Yes, they do in-person fairs in several places around the country every year. This one is online and is free! This one runs October 31-November 6 with encore days on November 7 and 8. It includes 35 speakers over 7 days.

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Topics include:

  • How organic gardeners produce 2X to 10X greater yields.
  • Build your next garden beds for $0 (yes, nothing)!
  • Grow 75% of your food in less than 10 hours per week!
  • 5 ways to achieve FOOD ABUNDANCE in small urban spaces.
  • Lazy backyard chicken farming secrets.
  • Rainwater Harvesting: turn water scarcity into water abundance!
  • How to get FREE ACCESS to local seed varieties.
  • Make clothes that last 10X longer, using the “old ways.”
  • Whip up delicious, slow-cooked meals using the sun!
  • Transform your property into an edible landscape.
  • And so so much more!

The Mother Earth News Summit is more geared toward homesteading and gardening type of discussions. Even if you just have a little garden patch or grow tomatoes in pots, sign up! You may learn some easy tricks to be able to expand what you grow.

These are going to be so much fun, I’m giddy just thinking about them! Ok, maybe not giddy, but really excited! What’s your favorite topic that’s being covered? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. Don’t forget the Thyroid Connection Summit going on October 24-31, 2016.