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Emergency Preparedness Tips For Winter Weather

October 31, 2011 by  

Emergency Preparedness Tips For Winter Weather

The coming of winter each year can bring extreme cold weather, large amounts of snowfall and an increased risk of danger when traveling outside of the home or driving. There are some ways to prepare for these months to avoid disastrous consequences.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although periods of extreme cold cannot always be predicted, individuals need to stay aware of the weather forecasts each day. Stockpiles of firewood, food and emergency supplies should be assembled prior to the advent of winter.

Older individuals need to realize that it becomes harder to gauge the change in temperature once a certain age is reached, and this necessitates having an easy-to-read thermometer in a home so that the heat can be adjusted accordingly, the government organization reported.

The CDC reported that people should also try to insulate their doors and windows to prevent heat loss and the entry of cold air into a residence.

According to, individuals should remain in contact with their neighbors, shovels should be readily available, and sand and rock salt should be constantly used on walkways and driveways.

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  • Angel Wannabe

    The picture of the coffee pot on the woodstove above looked like us this weekend. We were in the Freaky Halloween Nor’easter, power lines down everywhere!__Lost power 1:30 Saturday, came back on 11am Sunday.
    Three trees down, three more to come down, the property looks like a friggin bomb went off! But it’s ok,__Thankfully all missed the house, and we’ll have a good start for wood for next year!
    a couple tips__Storm comin?, get showers, and then fill the bath tub to flush toliets if the power goes out!__Also fill up freezer bags with water, put them in the freezer a head of time, if power goes out for any length of time doing this, will extend the life of your frozen goods or put them in the snow. Stock up on kerosene for lamps. No woodstove?,Use your gas grill for cooking or an outdoor fire pit. Get a couple of cast iron pots, you can cook on any type of fire with those. Don’t rely on your grocery store, ours across the street had no power and could only sell non-perishable goods–stock up well ahead of time.

    • FreedomFighter

      Get a French Press for making coffee, makes the best coffee of all methods, IMHO. Oh and make sure you have a wire mesh strainer, grounds are inevitable.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

  • Cliffystones

    A few years back out central heating system went dead when the outside daytime temp was in the teens! I managed to get a hold of a Carrier technician (of course it was the weekend). I found out that this thing has a computer motherboard in it. It needs to go through a “reboot” of about 5 minutes before the heat will come back on.

    After that little episode, I went out and picked up 3 kerosene heaters. I also bought a vent less furnace that will work on propane or natural gas. None of these need electricity to operate, and now we have 3 fuel options just in case.

  • Doctor Mom

    I am very concerned about your photo/illustration. The wood is stacked up AGAINST the wood stove. Looks to me like a very efficient way to start a fire–outside of the wood stove!

    Also, if using candles, kerosene lamps or oil lamps, keep a fire extinquisher and a good supply of baking soda in each room and be sure everyone knows how to use them.

    • independent thinker

      Its possible it is a zero clearance stove but I still wouldn’t stack wood against ti that way myself.

      • granny mae

        I was thinking the same thing.

  • FreedomFighter

    I would wager people from Maryland to Maine wish they had read Peggy Laytons artical on emergency sanitation…

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • beacon

    Several years back our temperature went down to almost 40 below centigrade. Our power went out for aprox. 5 hours. Our home relied on electricity and was almost zero inside.

    Starting to get concerned I went out to start the car for warmth and noticed there wasnt much gas in the car. I then drove to fill up the tank and found the power was out in town and no gas.

    Fortunately the power came back 10 minutes after I had returned home

    The moral of the storey.
    Keep your tank filled up,in cold weather.

    • granny mae

      Better still is always be prepared for anything. I am surprised at all the people on here that have been following along with all the be prepared info being shared on here and still there are people that have not taken the advice when they could have prepared before there was even a hint of a problem. I saw on the television where people were cold and had no heat or fod or a way to prepare it and they were looking to go to a motel and there were none available ! I’m concerned that they never thought that if they were in such a situation wouldn’t the motels near by also be in the same situation. We don’t prepare just for an economic collapse, but also for weather disasters, job lay-offs or illnesses and so on. People if you live in snow country do everything you can to prepare for power outages and so forth. Get yourself an alternate heating source, store some water, have an emergency food supply, if you have a warning that a storm is coming your way be sure you have enough meds. if you or a loved one is living on them. I use oil lamps when it is cold and the power is off because they put out a lot of heat and it helps with the over-all heating of the room. I can tell you of some things I had to resort to years ago when we had no heat and it got COLD ! I used aluminum foil to cover the windows of the room we were in. Infact I also used it for the bedroom for the kids. We had no heat but with the foil covering a good sized area, it reflected the body heat back into the room and the kids were warm enough to even play in that room. We are talking about a cement block house with jalousy windows, a strong wind outside and temps. in the teens ! Today you can purchase those foil emergency blankets for practically pennies. Stock up on them and you can hang them to block off windows and doorways to reflect heat back into the room you are in. You can also wrap yourself or the kids or the baby in them and keep them warm. You will be surprised at how much they can do.

      • granny mae

        Another thing that can add to the heat in a room if you are in a emergency, is a gas lantern. Like the old Coleman lantern. I don’t know if they even still make them but that and a couple cans of the white gas could go a long way to heating a room in times of necessity. We had to heat our tent one time when we went camping and forgot to bring the camp heater. Even though we were in a canvas tent with a good strong wind blowing of the lake, we were nice and warm inside the tent. The problem for me was I hate to sleep with the light on and believe me that is a bright light ! Works though.

  • Dan

    Best way to prepare for winter: move to Arizona for the winter!

    • http://Yahoo Ann

      ……or move to Florida.

      • granny mae

        I don’t know about Florida. Right now it is 29 degrees outside, here in north Fla ! Cold out side !

  • Michael

    We take preparedness seriously and have made it a significant part of our lifestyle. Our home had the standard central air and heat system, but we have placed propane stoves in various parts of the home, just in case the electric goes out. Over the years I have purchased three 500 gallon used propane tanks, and I fill them in the summer as the propane prices are cheapest. By buying propane in bulk, one can negotiate down costs by shopping several different propane suppliers….going with the cheapest bid. The three tanks supply lasts three years. We also have doors which close off parts of the home which do not require heat. I also have a wood stove in the family room and keep eight ricks of cured firewood in the backyard. I always look for downed trees to chainsaw up and use them to grow my wood supplies. We sometimes have ice storms with severe power outages, but never have to worry about keeping the home warm.

    We also keep food supplies in the home pantry, and often in out of the way closets…where we store canned goods. I suggest that every family quietly store food supplies, and store the kinds of foods that you regularly eat, so when and if times get tough…you will not have to adjust to a strange high fiber diet which you are not accustome to.When you buy extra canned food, you are locking in their cost, and this especially is good if we go into periods of serious hyperinflation.

    Make self reliance a fun part of your lifestyle. Have different sources for heating your home, and store warm clothing so that you can layer when the temperatures get bad. I frequent thrift stores and consignment shops, always looking for quality clothing like L.L. Bean, Eddie Bauer, North Face, and other quality brands, and often purchase them for dimes on the dollar. Learn to store and properly care for your stored goods, and cycle them, using the oldest supplies first and holding the newer stores….for later use.

    Make independant and self reliant living a passionate part of your daily lifestyle. You will feel less vulnerable and more in control of your future. Choose indepedance in your life.

    • independent thinker

      The best cold weather clothing I have found is the military surplus German “flectar” parka with the issue lining. I can wear one of them sitting still for hours on a deer stand and where the coat and liner covers does not get cold.

    • granny mae

      You are a man after my own heart ! Very wise advise and living. We in this household do the very same thing. We have alternative heating sources and power supply sources and so on. I also extend that thinking to my grocery shopping too. Right now Turkey is at the lowest price you will find it all year so now is the time to stock up. The lowest I could find turkey last week was .99 cents a pound one place had it for .89 cents a pound and I didn’t think that was too bad so we bought our Thanksgiving turkey at .89 cents a pound. Yesterday I got an e-mail from a local super market that they were having a special sale on turkey for .59 cents a pound ! I sent my husband to the store for two more turkeys for that price. I plan on making turkey sausage out of them and canning it for storage. Check the stores near you for the sales on turkey and also ham at this time of the year.

  • Peggy

    I’m 72 years old and live alone I need electricity to run my medical equipment if the power goes out I have about 3 hours and then I’m a dead woman. I’m on a very limited income so I don’t know what to do. does anyone have any suggestions. Thank you

    • Angel Wannabe

      Peggy ,I’d suggest talking your concerns over with family and your doctor. Also contacting your local pharmacy, one that is also a surgical suppy store, they may be able to help you!

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear Peggy,

      Angel Wannabe’s suggestions are good ones. I might also suggest you contact your city or county social services department. They have programs to help people in your situation.

      Good luck and best wishes,

    • granny mae

      I agree with Angel and Bob. These places can help you. You may want to get some kind of inverter that is battery operated, it might be easier for you to operate. They can run on a battery such as a car battery.

      • granny mae

        Also you may want to keep a cell phone and if your power goes off you can call 911 and see if they can help you to a hospital or even a motel if your equipment is portable, untill the power is restored .

  • FreedomFighter

    YU-55 possible moon collision?

    Nov 9, 2011 same as FEMA drill…

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi


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