When the first major snowstorm of the year was predicted last week, I realized I had not done much winter storm preparation. My Heat and Eat Box was empty. I don’t have the right batteries in stock for our Coleman battery-operated lantern. I wasn’t sure if my husband had gas for the generator.
Since we avoided being hit by a major storm, I’m taking the time to make sure I’m ready for the next one before it arrives.
Winter Emergency Preparation
Winter emergency preparation starts long before the first snowflakes fall. Make sure your home is properly insulated and all the cracks are sealed. Use draft dodgers, heavy curtains, and plastic window kits to keep the cold out, especially if you lose heat during a storm. If you plan on heating with wood, get your chimney and flue inspected and cleaned on a regular basis.
Heat and Eat Box
If you often lose electricity during storms, a heat and eat box will keep your family fed during emergencies. I first learned about the Heat and Eat box when I reviewed Stock the Real Food Pantry a few years ago. Basically, it’s box of easy to prepare food items that can be used in any type of emergency.
My current list of items for the Heat and Eat Box:
Annie’s Mac and Cheese (or Traders Joe’s/Whole Foods)
Home made Canned Soup
Organic Peanut Butter
Winter Storm Preparation List
No matter how well I plan, there’s always a few last minute items to pick up, especially if I need to go grocery shopping. Last week, I made sure I had gas in my car ahead of time, yet, we made 2 unexpected trips over the weekend, using up more gas than I had planned for. Despite a major shopping trip at Costco, we almost ran out of coffee.
For items like these, I created a Winter Storm Preparation List. This list is for last minute preparation to make sure the important items are on hand, like coffee and gas. I left blank spaces on the list in case you have additional items to add for your family.