Winter Storm Preparation
Some of us are fortunate enough to be living in favorable weather conditions all year round but then there are some that will have to deal with the crazy weather throughout the four seasons. What do you do when there is a winter storm coming at your town? We have a few tips to get you prepared for the big day.
Buy de-icing salt and sand. Salt is very important here and you will need to put them on your driveway, sidewalks and any walkways around your house. The salt will work as soon as the first flake comes down melting away as much as possible. Next, you will want to keep that bag of coarse sand nearby. This is helpful for those patches of ice and clumps of snow so you could have traction when you walk or need to drive.
Invest in a snow blower. If you are dealing with snow every winter then you should think about getting a snow blower. Snow blowers can range from $300 up to $3,000 depending on how fancy you want to get. Once you have a snow blower, put it where you would want to start the job usually at the corner of the driveway closest to the house for easy access and cover it with a tarp. Remember to pick up extra fuel for it depending on how much work there will be. Keep all the extra parts of the snow blower in a safe location just in case something breaks during the job that you can fix yourself.
Are your gutters cleaned? Before the storm try and clean out your gutters and drainage for the excess amount of snow and water from the storm. This is quite important so that your gutters do not collapse or cause ice damming. If you don't want to brave the storm then call your local gutters service for help.
Hand crank lights: What will you do when the power goes out on your block? This is a great investment for everyone to keep in their homes or even the car. You don't need batteries, just some old school man power.
Hand crank radio: That is right, you are going to need to listen to the news and any emergency broadcast due to severe weather. So might as well get one of these during an emergency situation. This can be a lifesaver.
Water and food. Yes, this is obvious but still need to be on this list. You will want to have plenty of water to last weeks (for drinking, cooking, misc) and plenty of canned food. Try not to purchase perishable food because it could spoil if your power goes out along with the refrigerator. Water will come in handy if your power goes out and you need to force flush. Our suggestion is that to get several five-gallon buckets and fill them for use. You could also fill the bathtub with usable water.
Do you have a shovel? When the storm is done and you don't have a snow blower you are going to need to dig yourself out from all the snow. Here is a trick so that the snow will not stick and clump making it harder to throw. Spray the shovel with non-stick cooking spay. From my experience, start from your front door and toss the snow towards the vicinity of least used so that way you don't accidentally have to do double amount of work shoveling.
A blizzard can be scary and fun as long as you are prepared for it. Enjoy the weather and life. If you have children, take them to the park or go outside and have fun in the snow. Just remember that it is only snow, it will melt away over time. Stay warm and safe everyone.