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.