Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | January 31, 2011

tips in a winter storm

Winter is still upon us and a huge blast of winter is heading for us. Here are some tips to prepare for the storm and keep yourself safe. The ice that is projected to come for us could take out trees and power lines. Also be sure if you are flying out to check before you go because they are already canceling flights even though nothing  has started yet. It’s always better to check on that before you leave because you don’t want to be stuck at the airport for a long period of time because your flight was delayed or canceled.

Play it safe by preparing ahead for winter storms and blizzards.

Remember, these storms can cause loss of electricity, heat, and telephone service and can trap you in your home for a few days. It’s important to have ample supplies on hand in your home:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Battery-powered NOAA weather radio and portable radio to receive emergency information. These may be your only links to the outside.
  • Extra food and bottled water. High energy food, such as dried fruit or candy, and canned food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best.
  • Manual can opener.
  • Extra medicine and baby items.
  • First-aid supplies.
  • Heating fuel. Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a severe winter storm.
  • Back-up heating source, such as a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc.
  • Fire extinguisher and smoke detector.
  • Brush up on your fire safety knowledge

Be sure to carry a survival kit in your car that contains:

  • Cell phone
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Knife
  • High calorie, non-perishable food
  • A can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
  • Sand or cat litter
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Tool kit
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Water container
  • Compass
  • Road maps
  • Extra winter clothes and boots

Also, keep your vehicle’s gas tank full in case you get stranded and to keep the fuel line from freezing.


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