Prepare for Winter Storms

Here in the South we’re bracing for a storm.  Or a bit of snow. But that can REALLY stop everyone in areas of the country that only have one salt truck! We just don’t have the equipment or experience to deal with heavy snow like those in the North or Midwest.  And, often, we get ice-not snow.  No one can drive on that! So here are some ways to prepare for winter storms.

Prepare for Winter Storms



Disaster Preparation


I’ll never forget when we first moved here and I heard of potential snow.  The grocery store shelves were completely-and I mean completely-out of bread and water.  The milk was all gone.  Really wish I’d had a camera back then.  It was spooky. So all the talk of the weather had me thinking this was the PERFECT time to blog about:

Here’s my list of things you should have on hand and do in the case of an impending storm.

  • Bottled water (in case of frozen pipes)
  • Food (during that first storm my husband and I separately on the way home from work stopped and purchased milk, frozen pizza and wine!  Lol!  The essentials.)
  • First aid kit
  • Enough of any medications you are taking
  • Candles and matches
  • Waterproof coat, gloves and boots for braving the snow
  • Snow shovel (ideally purchase this in the fall when there’s no threat of snow and the prices are low and the stock is high)
  • Gather your blankets
  • Fully charge all cell phones
  • Detach outdoor hoses to prevent frozen pipes
  • Top off fuel in your generator if you have one

The Fun Stuff

  • Sleds (again ideally purchased in the fall)
  • Hot chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips or chocolate dipped spoons
  • Candy canes

Why not make a hot chocolate station?  That would be a great DIY blog post! (Note to self.)

Check out “Building an Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Your Home” which has a downloadable planner!

You may also want to read The Ultimate Guide To Creating An Emergency Evacuation Plan For Your Home

Now what about if you are stranded out in the weather?  Two years ago there was a huge snow storm-affectionately referred to as “Snowmageddon.”  My husband, who has a small car and a half an hour commute, spent 9 hours getting home.  People were abandoning their cars.  I heard of one pregnant lady stranded for over 24 hours in her car.   Only 5% of people carry emergency preparation items in their cars.  Don’t let that be you.

What to Carry in you Car in the Threat of Bad Weather

  • Blanket
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Jumper Cables
  • Reflective Hazard Triangle
  • Windshield scraper
  • Spare tire
  • Bottled water
  • Shelf stable, high calorie food (protein bars, for example)
  • Road salt or cat litter
  • Extra shoes and socks (if you are out dealing with snow, yours may get soaked!)

Check these items twice a year-during the time change-to make sure everything is in working order.

Good luck and stay warm!

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4 Responses

  1. Lora

    We have a lot of the car safety items, but I hadn’t thought about cat litter/road salt — that is a good idea! We also need to add some high calorie food bars, like you mentioned. Great list!

    • Daria Harvey

      Thank you Lora! Hopefully you won’t have a reason to use any of this but better safe than sorry, right?

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