As I type this the East Coast is getting slammed by an epic snowstorm. Many people are without power and heat as they wait out the storm.
While I am not in danger of a snow-pocalypse tonight, there are flurries swirling around. Would I have what I needed to survive a bad snow storm? Could I survive with out power?
Most people don’t get prepared until after disaster has already struck. But those who do prepare are better off during a disaster and will bounce back quicker than those who do not. Preparing for a major snowstorm is no different.
Below is a snowstorm survival checklist so you can prepare when the flurries start flying.
Most importantly, you will need a heat source. Blizzards bring freezing temperatures and whipping winds. Even one night without heat can be dangerous. If you have a natural heating source (such as a wood-burning fire place) you are in good shape. Without one, you need to get other options.
One of the most popular heating alternatives is a propane based heater. Instead of electricity, the heater is fueled by propane.
Reflective heat blankets, while better than nothing, are a little silly. The thin, one-use blanket will not keep you warm in freezing temps.
Also, you need a way to heat water. You can also find propane fueled water heaters that you can use for hand washing, bathing and eating.
Check out your pantry and see how many things you can eat without using the microwave, stove or with water? Chances are you are going to be really hungry. Or even worse, you don’t have enough food in your house to even last a couple of days.
First, make sure you always have some sort of food storage. Ideally, you want to have three months worth of every day food, and 72-hours of easy to prepare, survival food. True survivalists swear by MREs (meals ready to eat) which are similar to military meals. While the taste leave something to be desired, it does the job by providing the nourishment that you need. Canned food can also do the job.
If you have a good water heater, you should be able to prepare most basic meals.
A couple of flashlights aren’t going to cut it when you are without light (remember, nights are longer during the winter. That is a reeeeeaaaallly long night in the dark). An LED flashlight for each family member is a good idea, but you will also need a bigger source of light. Battery powered lanterns can be found at many outdoor retailers and online. Just make sure that you have a back up battery stash.
The worst storms will even cut off our most basic need: water. That means no toilet flushing, hand washing or cooking. However, you do not need to be left completely high and dry (pun intended). A basic water storage (gallon jugs and a case of water bottles) can get you through 72 hours.