(StatePoint) Imagine living without heat, power or communication during the coldest days of the year. During a winter weather emergency, not only can these conditions be unpleasant, but dangerous too.
Making a plan, winterizing your home and stocking up on supplies are all essential steps to prepare for winter emergencies.
Use this crucial stay-safe checklist now to help your household prepare for blistering conditions all winter long:
MAKE A PLAN
Storm heading your way? Follow the news closely so you can make last minute preparations before the weather turns dangerous. As part of this process, create an emergency plan and review it with your family. The plan should also address specific scenarios, such as what to do if someone is separated from the group and is unable to call for help.
STAY POWERED UP
In the event that the power goes out, you will need a reliable alternative power source to charge essential communications equipment like your phone and computer, as well as heat sources, such as space heaters.
A durable and compact USB solar charger that’s compatible with smartphones, tablets and even laptops, can be a lifesaver. The pocket-sized iLAND FLY or the higher-powered iLAND TREK are great for emergencies as they work on solar cell technology that runs in overcast or low-light situations. Should your power go out during a winter storm, for example, the TREK can provide electricity to portable devices for up to three days. iLAND products are the most efficient, light-weight and eco-friendly portable solar energy systems in the market, and both products are made of military grade and quality materials, and are water-, dust- and shock-resistant, which means you’ll have peace of mind during those critical moments where powering your device will be crucial. More information about iLAND’s FLY and TREK can be found at www.iland-solar.us.
Ensuring that your home is protected from the elements can turn a bad situation into a life-saving scenario. Install storm windows and apply weather-stripping to help insulate your home. In the event the heat goes out, you’ll be trapping warm air in and keeping cold air out. And remember — you can never have too many blankets and warm clothes.
PACK AN EMERGENCY KIT
When extreme weather hits, it’s important to have essential supplies within an arm’s reach. Be sure that you have a well-stocked, up-to-date first aid kit and an extra supply of all family members’ prescription medications.
Your kit should also include several gallons of clean water, as well as enough non-perishable food to last three days, including formula for young children. Pick items that don’t require cooking or preparation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends replacing these stores every six months.
Lastly, make sure you have a battery-operated radio and plenty of batteries on hand.
Unless you enjoy treacherous roads, panicked crowds and long lines, don’t wait until that big storm comes your way to start preparing. For a safe and happy winter season, follow these steps to ensure your family is ready for any winter weather emergency that comes your way.