I am taking part in a posting series related to the topic of “Homesteading in the Winter.”
Each Thursday there will be a new post on a different issue associated with the needs and unique challenges of living on a homestead (big or small, urban or rural) during the winter. I am a teaming up with several other bloggers to bring you this series.
Today’s topic is “Prepping for winter emergencies.” The participating blogs for this week include:
After reading my post, please take a few minutes to visit these other blogs and learn about what they do to prepare for a winter emergency on their homestead.
Six Tips for Surviving Winter Emergencies
As we head into the winter season, lets talk about some important events that can make life dangerous or at the least, uncomfortable. I was never a boy scout, although I was a den mother, but the motto of Be Prepared often comes to mind when thinking about seasonal preparations. In the winter especially, we can encounter difficult weather related situations where we may wish we were prepared.
It is often the subject of jokes but being prepared for snow storms doesn’t mean standing in line buying milk, bread and toilet paper. With a little planning, you can have everything you need in house. Truly being prepared for winter means more than buying these three staples when winter weather approaches
Here is a list of some things that you can think about before winter storms or emergencies occur.
1. Electricity can go out and make you wish for the generator power you now hear starting up all over the neighborhood. The time to buy one of these is during off season sales. Keep an eye out in early spring, or mid summer to obtain the best price if buying a new generator. If you have a fireplace in good working order or a wood stove, don’t wait to get some firewood stacked near the house. Make sure your fireplace chimney or your wood stove exhaust pipe are working properly before lighting a fire.
2. If you live in a home with a septic system you need to understand how this works. The water that is pumped into your home for running water and flushing toilets requires electricity to run the well pump. With a family, not being able to flush the toilets may mean that you have to evacuate your home after a day or so without power. If you have a septic system, think about having an available tank of non-potable water that can be used to flush the toilets.
3. Storing food all in one place can be catastrophic. I recommend a combination of canned, frozen and dehydrated food stores in your house. If you don’t can fresh produce or even store any food beyond what leftovers you had for dinner last night, I strongly urge you to gather enough food and water for at least a week for your household. And don’t forget the manual can opener. When you depend on driving to a store or fast food restaurant for food, you run the risk of being without food during an emergency. Oh and don’t forget your pets! Keep some extra food for them too. Keeping a weeks worth of food and water in your house does not make you an extreme prepper.
4. Emergency cash. In the event of a widespread emergency, banks and ATM machines may not be operating. This is my biggest pet peeve when talking about being prepared. If there is a widespread power outage, or any emergency that keeps businesses from opening, it will not matter how much money you have in the bank if you can not access it. We all are so used to carrying a debit card that we don’t imagine a possibility of the card not working. But this is a very real possibility during an emergency. Have some cash on hand. The amount will vary depending on your family size, where you live and how you shop. My advice is to have at least $20 per person in your household.
5. Gas in the car– Keep your car fueled up. If you absolutely have to leave your house during a weather emergency, the last thing you want to do is run out of gas. Traffic will be moving slower than usual. You may end up on a highway in a traffic jam. If you run out of gas there, you not only endanger yourself but also others on the same road. If an ambulance cannot reach you , you may need to reach them by using your own vehicle. I have seen this happen in my own area, in the mid-Atlantic region where blizzards are few and far between. Just don’t let your tank fall below half full during the winter season.
6. Warm Winter Clothing is essential. Winter clothing for emergencies includes warm socks, waterproof gloves, boots and coats . If bad winter weather only happens occasionally, consider buying gently used boots and coats from a consignment store. At least you will be able to protect your feet from frostbite if you have to walk somewhere during an emergency. I also recommend keeping some inexpensive warm clothing in your car in case you are stranded in bad weather.
Following these suggestions may not make the weather any better but it may help you survive an emergency in top condition.
Please feel free to continue the discussion in the comments. I welcome your thoughts on preparing for winter.
The Rural Economist says
Great advise. Thank you for sharing on Rural Wisdom and Know How #3
Great post! People sometimes think it’s funny that we keep warm clothes in our cars all winter, but it’s a great tip! Thanks for sharing!
Janet Garman says
Hey it all comes under the same topic. Do you want to be a victim of the weather or emergency or do you want to be able to help yourself and maybe others! good work
I run into this problem every time I read about carrying survival stuff in your car: I am a Rural Mail carrier, and my car is my mail car. It is impossible to carry extra stuff, because I require all room for mail! I worry about this constantly. I know SHTF stuff is not going to occur when it is convenient for me, like when I?m NOT working, when I can put survival items in my vehicle for use if something happens.
I guess I?ll just have to worry.
Janet Garman says
Hey Carol, I get what you are saying. Is there even room for a personal bag like a small backpack? I know it is very cramped in the vans/mail carrier vehicles. If you had room for a small backpack maybe always carry a water, protein bar, dry socks and a sweatshirt? There is a link to a really cool pill bottle survival kit which takes up no room. http://survivalathome.com/pill-bottle-survival-kit/ Maybe that is something you can use. – Janet
I am going for a mountain trekking in South Peru next week and was looking for some winter emergencies and tips online.Yes will take care of all the precautions mentioned by you.Keep smiling 🙂
everything goes under the same subject. Would you like to be a climate’s casualty or crisis or would you like to have the capacity to help yourself and perhaps others! great work
Extraordinary post! Individuals once in a while believe it’s interesting that we keep warm garments in our autos all winter, yet it’s an extraordinary tip! A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing!
Sandeep Kumar says
such a lovely information.
yes we are carry our cash cards. but in winter in mountain side must be carry some cash also.
Janet Garman says
Thanks much. I am glad you found it helpful
I keep running into this issue each time I read about conveying survival stuff in your auto: I am a Rural Mail transporter, and my auto is my mail auto. It is difficult to convey additional stuff, in light of the fact that I require all space for mail! I stress over this always.
Janet Garman says
I understand Daphne. Is there space for even a small bag with a candy bar, bottled water and an extra pair of socks? Also, can you sit on a folded blanket? Just thinking of some other ways to accomplish the same result. Stay safe
Incredible: Six Tips for Surviving Winter Emergencies Every Thursday there will be another post on an alternate issue connected with the necessities and one of a kind difficulties of living on a residence (huge or little, urban or rustic) amid the winter.
Stu Chang says
Appreciable?? “Six Tips for Surviving Winter Emergencies” I am going for a mountain trekking in South Peru one week from now and was searching for some winter crises and tips online.Yes will deal with every one of the precautionary measures specified by you.Keep grinning 🙂
Thanks for these tips that’s really important to know small thing preparation will lead to great relief during seasonal issues. It applies to every where and i am glad to get these things at a single place. Nice blog, hope you add some other blog over emergency preparation.
These six tips are really work in winter emergencies thanks for the article
shivani Rao says
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I’m happy to see this 6 tips for surviving winter emergencies.
These are very helpful for everyone.
Keep it up good work