How to prepare for a winter storm

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How to prepare for a winter storm

How to prepare for a winter storm
Winter is calling. In preparing for a storm you'll need to have
some basics in place.

Squirrels sock away their seeds and nuts, bears begin to
hibernate, it's time for preppers to bug in for winter. Get ready for
winter with these ideas of how to prepare for a winter storm...

How to prepare for a winter storm...

#1: Stockpile water and beverages.
During a storm your drinking water could be contaminated and
you may not have water or sewer from the municipal water
supply. Ensure you have canned and bottled beverages on hand,
starting with an ample supply of drinking water.  Stock up also
on  tea, coffee, powdered milk, apple cider and instant lemonade
or orange drinks, which are among the
eight kinds of survival
drinks.

  • Water: An area that most preppers have well covered is
    water, but if you don't consider these ideas:
  1. Home: While ordinary people have two weeks of water on
    hand, a prepper has a minimum of a one month supply! A
    family of four requires 270 gallons for a one-month supply of
    water. Consider the waterBOB to store 100 gallons in your
    bathtub!
  2. Car: Stock up on drinks for the car as well. Ration water is
    fine.
  3. Office: Plan for being stuck at the office! Many preppers put
    together a "get home" bag, which has the specific purpose of
    getting them from work back home to loved ones. It's much
    different from a bugout bag, though depending on the
    distance, many are similar. The idea is that you'd stock your
    "get home bag" at work (particularly if you commute) or in
    the car if you drive to work each day.



#2: Grey water and honey buckets.
Since you may you may not have water or sewer from the
municipal water supply you'll need to think about sanitation.

  • Grey water for flushing toilets. Water for toilet flushing can
    come from "grey water." If it's raining you can set out some
    buckets to collect water. Flushing the toilet can happen
    when you pour water into the toilet.

  • Honey buckets. Sometimes called honey buckets, your
    sanitation may require a simple containment system. You
    may want to have two Luggable Loos - one for yellow and
    one for brown. It's a personal decision.

#3: Stock up on food and a way to cook it.
You may well have prepared your long-term emergency food
needs with ample
supplies of rice and beans, but it's time to
stock up on the foods you'll need to survive a power outage! Your
aim for a power outage is ready to eat, shelf-stable meals, such
as protein and energy bars, nut butters and crackers. If you have
an alternate way to cook, then stock up on
soups and canned
foods.


#4: Ensure you or your family or group has the right
clothing.
Kids grow out of essential rain and snow gear quickly. Adult gear
finally can give way and tear making them ineffective. Take a
look at your clothing and take advantage of pre-season sales. If
you can't afford new warm clothing, head to thrift stores and
garage sales.

Ensure your family or group has:
  • Warm sweaters and jackets.
  • Rain ponchos and parkas.
  • Waterproof boots.
  • Hats, scarves and mittens

#5: Stock up on personal sundries.
Personal sundries: diapers, feminine hygiene, prescriptions -
whatever is on your list, make sure you get extras while the
weather is good. You won't want to risk a journey to get them
under dangerous conditions.

#6: Generate some heat!
Do you have a secondary source of heat? The time to get a
generator is well before you need one. Most importantly, you'll
need to know how to use one properly so you avoid carbon
monoxide poisoning.

  • Buy a generator: No matter where you live, a generator is
    one of your most important purchases in prepping. Read our
    Generator buying guide!

  • Stock up on wool socks and blankets.

  • Solar chargers. Right is an unbelievably cool solar heater!

#7: Light candles.
While you wait for Spring to arrive, why not go off grid entirely
with candles for the evening! Votives are not only decorative, but
useful for preppers in emergency preparedness.

#8: Power up your cell phone, and get cranking!
Communications are essential. Be sure you have an emergency
survival weather radio including the solar and/or hand crank kind.

  • Make a communications plan. Communications with family
    members is key during a catastrophic situation and you'll
    need to plan now.  This quick list will get you started:

#9: Get a sump pump or two!
If you don't already own a sump pump, you may as well buy two.
In this way you'll know how to operate them and you won't need
to bother with the different fittings. Right, is the top selling sump
pump. The Superior Sump Pump pictured right, comes equipped
with a powerful 1/4-horsepower motor that can pump 30 gallons
per minute. It has an excellent track record with nearly 1200
satisfied customers and a near perfect 4.5-star review.

Why an extra sump pump? You won't want to discover your sump
pump is dead at the next major storm because that's when they
tend to sell out.

An
extra sump pump is especially important for preppers who live
in a snow region, have a basement or who live next to rivers or
creeks, or anywhere water could flow and be stagnant, such as a
low lying property. Remember, everyone lives in a flood zone! All
it takes is a major snow melt or rapid downpour to cause trouble.

#10: Take care of your regional needs.

  • Do you have gear to remove snow? Last year's equipment
    may be inadequate or perhaps you lent your tools to
    someone in need and never got them back. Now's the time
    to check the condition of your tools to see if they need
    replacing.
  1. Snow shovels and snow brooms
  2. Calcium chloride ice melt (also good for correcting
    mineral deficiencies in water for home brewing beer,
    cheese making and pickling!)

  1. Get sandbags and water diversion gear
  2. Check the roof and get roof tar and patches to repair
    the damage.
  3. Clear the storm gutters.

Now that you've gathered the essentials, you can
have some fun!

  • Gather pinecones. Did you know pinecones make excellent
    kindling? Have fun gathering and decorating pinecone
    firestarters! Spray paint or sprinkle with glitter, hang, make
    a centerpiece: Make beautiful pinecone firestarters by
    dipping them in wax.

  • Get a few good prepper books. Get cozy by the fire and
    grab some good reading, be it a prepper novel or how to
    book. Pick up a few good prepper books!

  • Make paper logs! You likely have all sorts of wrapping
    paper, cards, envelopes and bills for which you can put to
    good use after Christmas by making paper logs for your fire
    place or fire pit.

And that's how to prepare for a winter storm!

Happy endings...
Preparing for a winter storm is something everyone should do
(even if he or she is not a prepper).

Start preparing your car for winter.
  1. Check your windshield wipers.
  2. Ensure you have ice scrapers handy.
  3. Gather a car kit: From car escape tools to repair, blankets
    and hand warmers to flares and emergency you'll need to
    build a car survival kit!

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