No, I’m not going to write about building a shelter with a pocketknife, LOL! With all the snow we’re having, I wanted to review some of the steps to take to make sure you’re prepared if you lose power for a while in the winter.
We’re in the throes of winter weather here in Cleveland. I have about a foot of snow on my deck and although today will be sunny we are supposed to get some more snow tomorrow night (Sunday night). Then the temps are going to drop WAYY low. Tuesday’s high will be below zero, brrr! Maybe the kids going back to school will be delayed a few days…
Here are a few things to think about to prepare in case you lose power in this storm.
You have to stay warm. Before the storm, make sure you have plenty of warm clothes, blankets and sleeping bags. Stock up on firewood if you have a stove or fireplace to use it. If the power goes out, close off unneeded rooms. Make sure the stove or fireplace is well-ventilated. Don’t go outside if you don’t have to, and if you DO have to go out dress warmly in layers. Wear a hat, scarf, mittens and cover your face.
Before the storm, make sure you have plenty of nonperishable foods (canned stuff or other food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated) and bottled water. A full refrigerator will stay cold for 4-6 hours. Opening the fridge door will make the food spoil faster. A full freezer will stay frozen for about 48 hours (half-full only 24 hours). Use up perishable foods in the fridge if it looks like the power will be out for longer than 6 hours. Check the USDA’s website for more information about food safety in a power outage.
3. Medicine and Medical Treatments
If you take medicine that needs to be refrigerated, replace it if the power has been out for more than 6 hours. Of course, continue to take it until it can be replaced. If you have medicine that requires power to take it (like asthma medicine in a nebulizer) then you may have to relocate to a hotel or similar place until power is restored.
Hopefully we will all make it through this storm and the rest of the winter without power outages or any cold-weather-related illnesses or injuries.
Here’s a pic of my deck with its foot of snow :-p