Check our Winter Weather Prep List
Temperatures are dropping quickly and it’s time to make sure you and your family are prepared at home or on the road.
When a winter storm hits, you and your family may be stuck indoors for several days. A winter weather safety kit is an essential element in preparing yourself, your family and your property for a winter storm.
Having a home safety kit is the first step, making sure it’s easily accessible and assuring the contents will keep over time are next. Storage bins are great for your home safety kit. Typically, they have handles to easily carry a bin upstairs from the basement and locking lids that will keep out any pests while also keeping moisture out. Also consider keeping an emergency kit in your car. You never know when winter weather might leave you stuck outside. Even if it’s only for a few hours, low temperatures can cause a dangerous situation if you’re unprepared to stay warm.
Our friends at The Cincinnati Insurance Companies have a great article for your emergency kit in your car and annual prep you should check for your vehicle.
- enough water to last every member of your family at least three days (one gallon per person per day)
- a three-day supply of dried goods, canned goods, energy bars and other foodstuffs that do not require cooking for each person (don’t forget your pets!)
- first aid materials, including prescription medications(make sure these are not expired!), over-the-counter medications, eye wash kit, bandages, latex gloves and rubbing alcohol; the Red Crosshas additional suggestions for items to keep in your first aid kit
- gasoline or diesel fuel to operate a generator or portable heating device (Be sure to follow your owner’s manual for safe operating guidelines and proper fuel use, and remember to store fuel safely to avoid risks from fire or fumes.)
- flashlights and extra batteries; crank-operated flashlights are great to save your batteries for devices that won’t run without them.
- battery- or crank-operated radio to listen to weather updates and notifications; find National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) station listingsnear you
IN YOUR CAR
- blankets and extra clothing to avoid frostbite and hypothermia
- Extra pair of gloves, boots and winter hats(cover the ears).
- flashlights and extra batteries
- salt or sand to help prevent falls when moving about outside
- snow shovels
Last but not least, it’s always important to assure that your coverage is up to date and sufficient for your vehicles, home and business before a season where accidents are more likely. Weston Wolfe and Wolfe Insurance Group is here to help you stay protected through the winter. Give us a call or fill out the form below to speak with us today. We look forward to hearing from you!