Snow covered tree
Snow covered tree

Let it Snow.

Let it snow.

Be prepared

for the COLD!

So the song says, “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” However, snow brings more than skiing, snowboarding, winter fun and sipping cocoa by the fireside. It brings the cold, snowstorms, ice and blizzards, power lines knocked down, oil lines congeal, gas lines can weaken and leak, batteries fail and everything freezes. We may not be able to control the snow, ice and temperature, but we can prepare for those bone chilling cold days. So, have a cup of cocoa, and read on, the information we provide could be invaluable.

Life and Earth rated “The Storm of the Century” number 9, of the ten worst natural disasters in history. The 1993 storm hit Cuba, then the eastern USA all the way up to Canada. The killer hurricane-blizzard took the lives of 310 people, left the South without power for three days and cost billions dollars in damage. Millions of people went without power. The storm stretched from Cuba to Canada, and the Gulf States were having a major weather system that eventually merged with the hurricane, but not before leaving much the East in waste. The National Weather Service, credited with giving a five-day warning, may have saved many lives.

Hurricane Katrina making its second landfall i...
Hurricane Katrina making its second landfall in Louisiana, as seen by NWS New Orleans radar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The “Storm of the Century,” rated number nine of the all-time top ten worst natural disasters was only 20 years ago! Hurricane Katrina was in 2005, eight years ago. “Snowmadgeddon,” coined by President Barack Obama, hit when two blizzards joined together in the mid-Atlantic region in 2010. Live Science rates this storm as #10 on their list of The 10 Worst Blizzards in US History. So, why mention this? Look at the dates:

1993    20 Years Ago   “The Storm of the Century”        Rated #9 in the top 10 worst natural disasters and #10 of 10 worst blizzards

2005    8 Years Ago     Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season; Rated #3 in worst natural disasters

2010    3 Years Ago     Snowmadgeddon,”                    Rated #10 of the top 10 worst blizzards 

This research shows all three storms ranking in the worst of the worst, and have all occurred within the past twenty years. If the experts are correct in their predictions of apocalyptic events happening more frequently and with more severity, than we need to be prepared for it. Emergency Disaster Preparedness must be done in advance of a catastrophe. So when you have finished your cocoa, do yourself a favor and start your Emergency Disaster Plan. 

We are providing a checklist of winter preparedness preparations:

Snowed in!
Snowed in!

Winter preparedness preparations

  •  Inside the home

  • Have a survival plan for a major snowstorm, ice storm or blizzard
    •       Have a contact list for all members of your group or family
    •       Have a prearranged meeting place in case power and phone communications are down
  • Have your heating unit serviced.
    • Having the heating system serviced maintains efficiency and helps prevents no heat calls.
  • Have an emergency survival kit ready to go
    • If you need to evacuate, the emergency survival kit may be a life saver, just grab it and go
    • If you must shelter in place, you may need a week or two of safe food and water
    • Have a first aid kit with your survival kit if one is not included.
  • Shut off the outside water from inside the house.
    • The water can freeze and possibly burst the pipe between the outside shut-off valve and the inside shutoff valve. The inside valve is usually warm enough to keep it from freezing. After shutting off the inside valve, open the outside valve (this allows for evaporation and expansion). Any sediment in the pipe will flush out in the spring when the valve is reopened.
  • Outside the home

  • Have an auto emergency kit

  • If your vehicle is disabled, you will have emergency needs
  • Some Auto Emergency Kits include long–term food
  • Clean the gutters

  • This helps prevent ice from collecting under the shingles and creating leaks.
  • Clean the chimney

    • Having experienced several chimney fires and speaking as an emergency service person, it is not something you want during a snowstorm.
    • Remember to close the fireplace flue when not in use
  • Have a generator and spare fuel

    • For the refrigerator, heating system, water (if well water), and minimal lighting
    • Check with an electrician for proper size and connections
  • Have sand, salt, or ice melt

    • Keep it dry so it will be easier to spread when needed
  • Pick up all non-essential yard decorations, chairs, toys, tools and hoses

    • This will prevent damage to the item and possibly to someone else’s person or property during high winds.
    • Drain the garden hose completely as you may need it during the winter, such as purging a zone of hydronic heat, or flushing your water softener, or to put out a fire.

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