The Internet is abuzz with news about the upcoming catastrophic winter that may begin as early as next month. While no one can absolutely predict what will happen, weather science can come close to giving us a good idea of what to expect, and the experts are saying that it doesn’t look pretty.
Do you remember last year? That was a big winter for us here in Pennsylvania.
- We lost power often and for extended periods of time,
- Roads were blocked and closed (sometimes due to snow, other times due to flooding, and often due to fallen trees)
- Stores ran out of batteries, food, water and generators
- Schools and offices were closed for days on end
- Towns and cities ran out of salt for the roads
- Non-emergency vehicles were banned from the roads days after storms had passed.
- Yes, there was a local shelter set up in our small town, just a seven minute drive from home. No, we wouldn’t have been able to get to it because of those road closures.
This year is supposed to be worse. Are you prepared?
The National Weather Service calls winter storms “deceptive killers,” because many people die after the storms have passed, such as from hypothermia when their heat source is cut off, or as a result of an accident on any icy road in a desperate attempt to find food or shelter.
You can lower your risk when you are fully prepared with the supplies you need. And since it is no secret that this winter is going to be a bad one for most of the country, the time to start preparing is now.
Usually the best place to be during winter storms is at home. Making sure that your home is a safe haven is your responsibility. The government, local, regional, or national, should not be relied upon to keep you comfortable or even alive. If you want to survive catastrophic winter, start your emergency preparations now.
Stock the following emergency supplies for winter:
- Extra warm clothing and blankets
- Food supplies that do not need to be refrigerated
- Stored water
- Alternative fuel and heat sources. Be redundant. For example, own a working gas or propane generator and a good supply of seasoned wood.
- Weather radio
- Lanterns and flashlights
- Sand or cat litter in your car to improve traction for vehicles
- A family communication plan
- Novel entertainment, especially if you have children
- Extra pet supplies
- Bug out bags for each member of the family, in case of evacuation
- Extra batteries and solar chargers for electronics.