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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Preparing For An Ice Storm

When you live in the South or Midwest, you probably already are aware an ice storm is heading that way and threatens to affect the 32 million people who are living in its path.

The likelihood the power will be going out is great and there is no telling how long it will take before that problem is fixed. It can range from a few hours to several days.

It is not too bad when it lasts only a few hours, but how will you keep warm and feed your family when it takes several days? It is not going to be easy, but it can be done by being prepared.
  1. Check your abode and seal all cracks to keep cold air out.
  2. Get a 72-hour emergency supply kit.
  3. Stock up on water. Have plenty of bottled water and containers/buckets of water available.
  4. Have a cooking source handy. This could be an outside grill, your fireplace, or a camping stove. Don't forget to stock up on fuel and cook outside or in your garage to prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  5. Fill your cabinets with non-perishable food. Canned food, bread, peanut butter, and dehydrated foods which only require adding hot water are great.
  6. Ensure you have alternative light sources like flashlights, candles, oil lanterns, or solar lamps. Don't forget to store plenty of matches, lighters, oil, and batteries.
  7. Make sure you have a source of news. This can be a portable or solar-powered radio, or cell phone. Tip: purchase a cell phone charger which plugs into your car's cigarette lighter.
  8. Have a source of heat. A wood stove or gas heater are fine, but don't forget the blankets and warm, loose fitting, lightweight, water-repellent clothes.
  9. Have some board games, crayons, markers, paper, and a deck of cards handy. This will keep you and the kids busy and make the time pass in a more pleasurable way.
  10. Leave one light switch on. This way you will know when the power is restored.
I hope this was helpful, but my main hope is you will not have to suffer through this!

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2 Comments:

Blogger audrey` said...

Hope your area was fine, Lieve Zus. Take care.

December 7, 2013 at 5:59 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
So far so good. We are having plenty of rain though, but I suppose that is a lot better then ice and freezing cold.

God's Grace.

December 7, 2013 at 6:46 AM  

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