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21
Dec

Winter Emergency Preparedness Kit

Tomorrow’s the first day of winter, and even though it may not feel like it, it’s still important to have some emergency items on hand in the event of a winter weather emergency. Ready.gov provides some great information on Winter Storms & Extreme Cold. Here’s a summary of what you should keep stocked in your home and your vehicle.

For your home…

  • Clean, drinkable water.
  • Non-perishable food with manual can opener.
  • Flashlights with extra batteries.
  • First aid kit stocked with the essentials.
  • Cell phone with chargers (and alternative power source).
  • Snow shovels.
  • Salt to melt ice on walkways/driveways.
  • Sufficient heating fuel or another source of heat.
  • Good supply of firewood/wood pellets for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Flame-less candles as a safe light source.

 

For your vehicle…

  • A shovel and snow brush/ice scraper.
  • Water and snacks.
  • Blankets or warm clothing including outerwear.
  • Road salt and/or sand.
  • Emergency flares and matches or lighter.
  • Jumper cables and other tools.
  • Cell phone with car charger.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • First aid kit.
  • Distress flag.

 

And remember, for those homeowners who have a system with a cellular connection, you won’t have to worry about your home going unprotected. Just make sure your battery back-up is working properly.

Source: www.ready.gov

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