Northern Indiana is facing potentially significant winter weather as we type this. We’ve written several posts regarding winter safety over the years, but for simplicity’s sake, here’s a quick cheat sheet covering ways to prepare for a winter storm.
1) Make sure your vehicles have plenty of gas in them–especially if temperatures are projected to get extremely cold. If you have other gas-powered winter equipment like a snow blowers or generator, consider keeping a few extra containers safely on hand. (Bonus: make sure your equipment works before you need it.)
2) Stock up on supplies at the store. This includes usual staples like food, water, toilet paper, etc. as well as any applicable medications.
3) Make sure any pets or farm animals have dry shelter from the storm. If necessary, include pet supplies in your store run from point #2 above.
4) Check your emergency kit for any defunct equipment, expired products, or missing items. Make the kit easily accessible to family members who might need it.
5) Have a plan. What will you/your family do if there’s a travel restriction? What if the power goes out? If you have an alternate heat source, is it functioning and accessible? Do you have plenty of clean, heavy blankets? Even beyond the basic necessities, it doesn’t hurt to plan for entertainment, too. Board games, books, arts and crafts projects, puzzles–whatever your family is interested in that can help pass the time until the storm subsides. Check on elderly neighbors and family members to make sure they are alright. Write down any phone numbers you might need in case your cell phone dies.
6) Don’t panic. Winter storms can make people anxious or even frightened. With the proper preparation, you’ll be able to ride it out with grace. No storm lasts forever, and this too shall pass.