When it comes to harsh weather, there are many parts in Canada that struggle with this. The best advice is to be prepared prior to storm season. Each area has its own storm season so find out what it is for your area and plan ahead. Here are some important things to keep in mind when preparing for a winter storm.
Believe it or not, the safest place for you to be during a storm is generally in your own house. It can be treacherous to travel and winds can be frigid causing skin damage and frostbite. Prepare your home before storm season by taking the proper steps to ensure that your home is safe.
Winterize your home. Clean the chimney. Tune up your furnace. Add in more insulation. Seal gaps in windows and in the doors. Seal gaps in the ductwork. Install storm windows. Install storm doors. Prepare your home to stay warm and be healthy and safe for you and your family during the winter months.
Winter storms can be brutal and the temperatures can reach below freezing in moments. Take the proper steps to ensure that your home is safe and ready for such temperatures. Use plastic on your windows to help keep the home warmer. Gather plenty of blankets and bring in the firewood. If you must leave your home, be sure that you don’t turn the heat off, you could return to frozen pipes and it can take hours to reheat your home.
- Keep Safe (have a plan for each family member during harsh winter storms).
- Plan ahead to be safe in your home if a storm hits.
- Charge your cell phone and have a spare battery at the ready.
- Fill your car with gas in case you have to leave due to an emergency during a storm.
- Know where the emergency shelters are for your area. Know the number for those shelters as well.
- Have a plan for each family member should they be caught in the storm before they are home.
- Track the storm on your smartphone, the radio or the news.
- Stock Up
Ensure that your heating system is ready.
Don’t wait to stock up on the storm to help avoid the crowds and to help avoid empty shelves. Plan ahead and be sure that you have plenty of the following:
- Food that is shelf stable.
- Water for each person for up to three days.
- Snow Shovels
- Salt to melt ice on sidewalks.
- Battery operated radios.
- Extra batteries.
- First aid kits.
- Blankets for each family member.
- Warm winter gear like hats and gloves and scarves.
- Pet supplies.
- Baby supplies.
- Medications for anyone who takes them.
Once you’ve prepared all of this be mindful of the weather and keep track of it. Have your home system checked out carefully prior to winter weather to ensure that nothing will break down during the storm. Stay in touch with one another during the storm via cell phones if possible (if someone isn’t home). Remember, the more prepared you are, the more likely you are to be safe and survive such a storm. Avoid going out in storms whenever possible and remember to tell other family members the same.
Having his plan in place can make the difference between surviving such a storm and not surviving. The more prepared you are, the more likely you are going to be able to survive.