Winter Survival Kit
With winter well underway, it’s only a matter of time before snow, ice or blizzard conditions make your life more difficult. Hopefully, you’ve already followed our helpful guide for winterproofing your home, but if you haven’t yet– fear not. Below is our essential guide for putting together a winter survival kit that will help keep your property and family safe and comfortable this winter.
Prep Your Property for Cold Weather
As mentioned before, it’s never too late to make sure you’re properly winterized this season. In a nutshell:
- Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows
- Trim large branches hanging over your home, garage, shed or any other structure that could be used to shelter in an emergency situation
- Test and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- In good weather conditions, inspect your roof and clean gutters
- Have chimney sweeped and fireplace cleaned regularly by a qualified professional
- If you plan to leave your home for an extended period of time, have a trusted neighbor on standby to check your property for burst pipes, leaks, and other home emergencies
- Know where your emergency water valve is and how to shut it off
You should also gather supplies to keep a winter emergency kit in your home. Power outages in your property can mean no heat. If you’re familiar with the kind of winters we have in the DC area where power can be lost for days at a time, you know that a home without power can get cold– fast. A winter emergency kit helps to ensure you can be safe and comfortable in times of emergency.
- Your Winter Emergency Kit
- Have a flashlight for every room and an extra supply of batteries for each.
- Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio to keep you informed of weather updates, as well as natural disasters. NOAA recommends a receiver labeled with the NOAA NWR All Hazards logo.
- Purchase and stock chemical hand warmers. These can be placed inside gloves, pockets or other winter outerwear and will maintain a temperature of 135 – 156 degrees for seven hours.
- Get an emergency tent and sleeping bags. Setting up tents close together in a common area will help retain body heat while you’re sleeping in the event of a power outage. High quality sleeping bags will also help you stay warm in the event of a power outage campout
- Consider buying an alternative fuel heater, such as a small propane heater. It’s essential to look for one that’s rated to use indoors safely to minimize the risk of fire or carbon monoxide inhalation
- Lay in a supply of non-perishable foods that don’t require cooking or refrigeration, such as crackers, canned foods and dried fruit. A non-electric can opener is also essential. Ensure that you have an extra supply of any essential medications in case roads are impassable for more than 1-2 days. Keep a well-stocked first aid kit as well.
- In case pipes freeze or burst, you’ll want a supply of fresh water. Tri State Restorations recommends at least 5 gallons of water per person for most emergency scenarios.
- Make sure identification materials are readily available for everyone in your family, for example: drivers licenses, passports, photo IDs. Keep other important information such as homeowners insurance policy information at the ready
In the event of an emergency in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, Tri State Restorations and our team of qualified technicians are here to help you mitigate damage and restore your property. You can speak with a live property emergency expert about your specific scenario 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We can be on site within 90 minutes to begin mitigating your damage. Contact us today at 866-818-1949.