How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

Who doesn’t love a snow day? Cozying up to the fireplace, watching the snowflakes fall one-by-one until the ground becomes a blanket of white. What a fun treat to wake up to some snow covered branches this morning. It is certainly a beautiful sight, but it can also be a dreaded time for homeowners who are not prepared in the event of a blizzard.

This winter, be sure to prepare for a snowstorm and stock up on some household items that will be sure to get you through those dangerously low temperatures, high winds, and icy conditions.

It is always best to anticipate the loss of power during a blizzard. With high winds and heavy snow, many people in this area lose power. In anticipation of a power outage, plan ahead and make sure you have items like candles and matches. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, make sure you have plenty of wood piled up so you can keep the fire roaring. If you have battery operated lamps or radios, make sure to have an extra supply of batteries. Consider investing in crank lighting and a crank radio. Have several blankets out to keep extra warm. Maybe, you even consider buying a generator. Also, remember to charge all of your electronics. They may not last you the whole snow storm, but they will last longer if fully charged!

Now keep in mind if the power does go out, you need to plan appropriately for food. We recommend, stocking up on items for the pantry. It is never a bad idea to have a surplus of water bottles. Canned goods such as soup, beans, and tuna are also good to have on hand. Other items like bread, crackers, peanut butter, nuts, popcorn, and chips are also going to last and ride out the storm with you.

Also, make sure to make a trip to Home Depot if you don’t already own a shovel, waterproof gloves, and salt to melt the ice. All of these will be a necessity when it comes time to shoveling the walkways and driveways, getting the snow off of your car, and making sure your walkways are not a sheet of ice.

Some other good tips: Make sure your car is full of gasoline so that the pipes don’t freeze. If you don’t have a garage, consider parking your car in a nearby public parking garage so you won’t have to shovel it out later. Plan on having some good old fashioned entertainment if the power goes out. Pull out cards and board games and get around to the arts and crafts project you've been telling yourself you are going to finish. Think about buying a sled and make sure you have your winter gear and boots ready to go.

All you have to do is plan ahead and you’ll be sure to enjoy the winter storm with family and friends!