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Be Prepared For A Winter Storm To Come Your Way

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Winter can sometimes have some severe storms. Those storms can leave a foot or more of snow and downed power lines. If you have such a storm moving into your area, you will need to make sure that you are prepared for whatever may come and you aren't running to the store trying to get bread and milk before the shelves are bare. 

Storm Packs

One thing you can do is to create a storm pack well before any storm is predicted. In fact, you can do this in the fall so that you are ready for winter. One way to do this is to get a large plastic bin and start to fill it with necessities. Those necessities should include things like flashlights and plenty of spare batteries for them, glowsticks, and a radio that either uses batteries or uses a hand crank so that you can monitor the weather and what is going on. Your storm pack should also include foods that are easy to eat with no power, like cans of soup that you can eat without cooking, packs of dried fruit, and jerky, You may also think about cans of heating substance so that you can use them to cook, or fuel for a camping stove. You also need to make sure that you have plenty of drinking water since you may not be able to get water if the power is out. You can also fill your bathtub with water to use for flushing your toilet or washing. 


Something else you can do to get ready for winter storms is to have a generator. Depending on the size, your generator can power an appliance or two, or even power your entire house. Generally, generators that can do that are large and hardwired to your house and can automatically kick in when the power goes out. If you use a smaller generator, you will have to go and turn it on when the power goes off. The generators run on gasoline, diesel, or kerosene. You should make sure that you have plenty of fuel before the storm is even forecast since there is often a run on fuel before a storm. One word of caution, you should never run a generator inside your house because the exhaust is dangerous. If you run it your garage, make sure that you have plenty of ventilation so that the exhaust won't accumulate. Really, your best choice is to run it outside. 

Winter storms can leave your world looking like a winter wonderland, but that winter wonderland can make it so that you can't leave your house and have no power. Being prepared will make it easier for you to handle the storm. For more information, contact a business such as Childers Enterprises Inc.