Winter Weather Checklist

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 12:00 AM | Posted By: Mira Roberts
Winter Weather Checklist

Winter is just getting underway, and that means winter weather conditions can turn cold and extreme at any time. While our region may not experience severe weather all season long, we are susceptible to occasional inclement weather that can affect your ability to travel and move safely outdoors.

Since we want our residents to always have access to the tools they need to stay comfortable at home, we’ve created a winter weather checklist to help you prepare for the unexpected. Even if you think you have all the gear you need to withstand the most severe of winter weather conditions, it’s always a good idea to take inventory and be sure that you’re as prepared as possible.

Here is a basic winter weather checklist to help you get geared up for another cold and cozy winter at home.

Cell Phone, Portable Charger, Batteries: Should you lose power in a storm, you’ll want to be able to communicate and stay connected. Make sure to have a fully charged battery, additional batteries and a wireless battery to keep you powered up, no matter the conditions.

Battery-Powered Radio and Extra Batteries: Again, if you lose power and communication, a radio will be the only way to keep you connected to conditions on roads, as well as the storm path.

Extra Blankets, Coats, Sleeping Bags and Space Heaters: If the heat goes out in a storm, you’ll still need to stay warm. Prepare by stocking up on heavy blankets, warm gear and portable space heaters. Remember to use extra precaution when operating space heaters, especially around children.

Battery-Powered Flashlights & Lanterns: Let there be light, no matter what the conditions are by keeping battery-operated flashlights, lanterns and extra batteries handy. Avoid using candles and flammables at all times, as these are fire hazards. Stick with battery-powered lighting, and you’ll avoid risk and enjoy a little light on cold, dark nights.

Water, Non-Perishable Food, Can Opener, Prescription Medications, Bag of Sand, First Aid Kit: Keeping the essentials on hand can drastically improve your conditions when a storm hits, and having access to clean drinking water, food, important medications and a first aid kit can really go a long way. Keeping a bag of sand on hand to help you get outside during potentially icy conditions will make it possible for you to take a pet out for the bathroom, or allow you to get to your car safely, should you have to leave your home.

Leave Taps Dripping, Maintain Indoor Temperatures, Fill Your Bathtub: When temperatures dip dangerously low, you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid bursting pipes. Turn your taps on slightly, so they continuously drip, and make sure to keep your indoor temperature warm and comfortable. In case your pipes do freeze, it may be worth keeping extra bottled water on hand and filling your bathtub with water.

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About the Author

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 

 

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