Every day I chat with some of my online friends that are holed up in the snowy parts of the United States. That’s not saying a lot, because at least 3/4ths of the US right now is being battered in snow, cold, ice, wind, and school closings.
Without rubbing it in, we don’t really have those issues. Not to say it doesn’t get really stinking cold, at-least cold for us, but we don’t generally have the same slick roadways and so-cold-you-could-die scenario that so many people are in.
When you live on the Gulf Coast your whether tends to create other havoc. We fight hurricane season for months at a time yearly, we have hoards of rain and thunderstorms, and lets not forget the old people that live out here that drive 34 miles an hour on the interstate.
Regardless of where you live, its important to have a winter safety kit. Whether that’s because you could lose power due to icy roadways, accidents, and lines, or when you live int he south and lightening hits a box, you should be prepared. While our winter kits most likely are vastly different, you should carry the following things in an emergency kit to be ready for an outage:
- Water jugs
- Camp Light
- Deck of cards
Depending on your locale, you may also want to keep an emergency kit in the car as well! I cant imagine what would happen if someone got stuck in a snow drift with their children and the car wouldn’t start.
- flares or reflective triangle
- distress sign
- telephone change
- first aid supplies
- basic tools
- bottle of water
- a fully charged cell phone
- jumper cables
One of the other things that we stay stocked up with in case of a hurricane is nonperishable food patnry items and a non-electric can opener.
A few more tips from our friends at Rayovac:
Severe Winter Weather
Winter storms can occur at temperatures that are near or below freezing. In the U.S., heavy snows tend to be more frequent with temperatures between 20°F and 30°F.
What To Do:
- Keep your car’s gas tank full for emergency use, and to prevent fuel line from freezing.
- If you must drive, tell someone the route you plan to take and your ETA.
- If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, pump—don’t slam—your brakes.
If you become stranded:
- Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna and raise it high.
- Start your car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour.
- Leave the overhead light on when engine is running so that you can be seen.
- Move your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.
Family Disaster Plan Checklist
Make sure you have the following essentials on hand:
- Battery-operated weather radio
- Rayovac® Flashlight
- Extra Rayovac® Batteries
- First Aid Kit (one for your home and one for each car)
- Prescription and non-prescription drugs
- Tools and supplies (paper cups, utility knife, hammer, matches, etc.)
- Personal supplies to maintain sanitation (toilet paper, paper towels, household chlorine bleach, etc.)
- Clothing and bedding
- Supplies for infants and toddlers
- Pet supplies
- Important family documents
- Entertainment (games and books)
You can learn more about storm safety kits and how to keep you and your family safe by going to Rayovacs Storm Prep. For more information all the places you can pick up these supplies, and how you can save money with coupons, check out Rayovac.com.