This winter is looking as though it will be one of the most severe in decades. Many areas are experiencing ice and snow in record numbers. Numbing cold temperatures can render useless the salt and other chemicals put on the roads to melt the snow and ice. As a result it very difficult for emergency vehicles who are faced with the almost impossible task of reaching people who are stranded and without utilities.
Emergency Kits Preparation
If the electricity were to go out for several days in your home, is your family prepared to survive? It is easy to see why putting together an emergency survival kit is important if you live in an area that is affected by frigid winter temperatures. But what should you include in your family’s winter survival kit?
1. Food and Water
Two of the most important items are food and water. Let’s face it, if you have to go days without food or water your situation may become life threatening. It is generally recommended that any survival kit contain, at a minimum, three day’s worth of both food and water. That means you should have one gallon of water per day, per person. If you have a family of four, you should set aside at least 12 gallons of drinking water.
When choosing food for your winter survival kit, choose canned or dried foods. They should be as nonperishable as possible because you want to store them ahead of time. Again, set aside enough food to feed your family for a minimum of three days and make sure that you have a manual can opener available!
2. First Aid Kit
At the very least every family should have a basic first aid kit available. If you have family members who require special medications or other medical supplies, these should also be included. Be sure to rotate these items each month if any are perishable or have expiration dates. Some families set aside either the first or last day of each month to do this.
3. Warm Clothing
Warm clothing and warm blankets are essential. Sleeping bags are a good way to stay warm. When you have no utilities you may have no way to warm your home, so a generous supply of warm clothing and blanks are a necessity. If you have a wood burning fireplace, set aside a good supply of wood and make sure you have plenty of dry matches.
4. Flashlights, Batteries, and Personal Items
In addition you set aside a several flashlights with batteries. It is a good idea to have a battery-powered radio that will let you listen to news and weather reports. Cell phones and laptop computers may be handy when signals are available, but they will last only as long as their batteries. Include in your winter emergency kit a number of items that such as garbage bags, moist towelettes, toilet paper and other things your family can use for personal sanitation.
It is not possible to plan for every contingency in every emergency. But when you make put together a winter survival kit for your family you have a much better chance of surviving even in frigid temperatures and remote areas.