One thing that is important to know about winter storm advisories is to know the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING.
- A watch is when conditions are right for the named event to occur.
- A is when the named event is occurring or imminent).
You should always have a battery-powered radio available and stay tuned to local weather forecasts for storm updates.
During the winter of 2014 I spent almost three weeks sleeping on an air mattress in my office due to the response to the Valentines day winter storm. Over 30 people died due to the winter storm.
Tennessee spent hundreds of thousands of dollars responding to life safety issues arising from the disaster.
I would hope that all preppers are ready to spend a week or two in their home, and can safely stay warm and dry.
If Not, Here are 9 Tips To Help You Prepare for a Winter Storm
- Have non-perishables, such as canned goods, and adequate medical supplies and prescriptions.
- Have an evacuation plan, including at least two different routes in case one becomes blocked or closed. When you know a storm is coming, fill your car with gasoline
- Have an emergency communication plan and a plan to get family members back together if separated.
- Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the “family contact.” It’s often easier to call long distance after a disaster, and it’s unlikely someone far away will be involved in the same disaster.
- Fill several large containers and the bathtub with water.
- Have flashlights, batteries, candles and matches on hand.
- Turn the temperature controls on your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest setting to keep food cold in the event of a power outage.
- Teach all family members: how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water; how and when to call 911, police, and fire; and which radio or TV station to tune to for emergency information.
- If you use a generator or space heater, carefully review and follow all safety procedures in the owners’ manual. If you’ve lost it, get it replaced.