I always have plenty of food on hand in my house for myself and my cats. I buy up extra bags of cat food and kitty litter. I buy up frozen foods and canned goods and paper supplies. I have a generator ready to go if the heat goes off. I do not want to use propane heaters in the house as they can take all of the oxygen out of the air and you can die from carbon monoxide poisoning. I plug infrared heaters into the generator. The generator can power my well, refrigerator and more.
Always keep necessary medicines on hand as you do not want to run out of medicine in a horrible storm. I have extra heavy quilts and flannel nightgowns for winter emergencies. Keep flashlights on hand with fresh batteries. Have water on hand. Keep plenty of gas in your vehicles.
What to keep in your car
I keep blankets, flashlight, flares, sand, candle, coffee can, a red handkerchief, food, water, saw, a tarp, gloves, hoodie, matches, shovel and other tools in my vehicles.When running your stranded car in the winter make sure your exhaust pipe does not get covered over by snow or you can die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Put a red handkerchief on the antenna of your vehicle so the snow plow won’t hit it and it can be seen easily.
what to do to stay safe
Before you work outdoors in bad weather have your fully charged cell phone with you. Let someone know when you will be out working and when you plan to return to your house again. Stay hydrated with plenty of water to drink. Take frequent breaks while shoveling and if you have chest pain stop working and call 911 as you have some kind of a medical emergency such as a heart attack or another major health problem.
Make sure your propane tanks have enough propane in them to get you through the winter months. Make sure heat vents and regulators are not covered over by snow. Clean a path to fire hydrants. Keep ice and snow off of your sidewalks for every ones safety.
How to dress for cold weather
Do not leave pets out in dangerous blizzards as they could get frostbite and freeze to death. Treat your pets as you would want to be treated. When I go out in cold weather I dress in layers and wear a hood that covers my face and a another hood over that one. I wear 30 below socks and lined boots and waterproof gloves. You can get frostbite in ten minutes or less with dangerously low wind chills. Stay at home unless there is an emergency when there is eminent or bad weather. Get supplied for bad weather before it comes and stay safe and sound.
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