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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Winter Preparedness Checklist
By Cynthia Ewer
When wintry weather blows, will your family be prepared?
Winter brings special seasonal challenges to an organized home. Winter storms can make navigating roads and walkways hazardous; power outages and snow days highlight any family's readiness for cold weather.
Take time now to review your family's emergency preparedness with this Winter Preparedness Checklist. It'll help you prepare your home and automobile for cold-weather hazards.
Out and About
Will your home welcome winter visitors safely? Get ready for snow, ice or rain on walks and driveways with:
Waterproof floor mats
The Inside Story
Household emergency supplies should include enough food, water and supplies to last four days without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist:
Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration, such as canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, and energy bars
Manual can opener
Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
Flashlights and batteries
First-aid kit (printable first-aid kit checklist)
Four-day supply of prescription medicines
Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
Pet food and additional water for household pets
On The Road:
Winter transportation can mean ice, snow, and hazardous roads. Road conditions can change in an instant. Before traveling, give cars a winter preparedness exam:
Check and replace older batteries
Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line
Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation
Make sure automobiles contain the following emergency supplies:
Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag's extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
Flashlight and batteries
Gallon jug of drinking water
First aid kit
When traveling by car, include emergency food and clothing for each traveler. Pack supplies in a backpack in case you need to abandon your car.
An emergency backpack should include:
Jacket, hat, gloves and sturdy, snow-proof boots for each traveler