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Winter Storm Tips with a Mom Twist

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snow1Fair warning – this is a quickly written post.

With the winter storm on its way, we’ve gotten some questions about how to prepare. I am not the Red Cross or FEMA, but I can pass along some info from a mom’s point of view.

The thing to remember is they are calling for a severe, significant ice. Not snow. Ice. Ice is heavy. Ice is dangerous. Ice causing trees and limbs to fall. Ice downs power lines. No electricity is fun for about ten minutes, maybe less in the cold. It’s much better to be over prepared.

The essentials –  The Red Cross recommends having a minimum of three days worth of food and supplies on hand and water, one gallon per person per day. The water recommendation is only for drinking and cooking, does not include laundry, cleaning, bathing. You need extra on hand for that, especially if you have a well where no power equals no water. Other things to consider as food and supplies are formula, diapers, wipes, toilet paper, medications, batteries, fire wood for fireplace, (preferably clean) clothes. Don’t forget food and supplies for your pets! And for the love of heaven, bring them inside.
Mom Twist – get fun food such as chips, chocolate, favorite juice boxes. It lightens cabin fever if the kids are getting treats. And make sure all electronics are charged and then used for limited times to space out the entertainment.

Full list of minimum supplies to have on hand from the Red Cross:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

Your house – From the Red Cross website:

  • Avoid frozen pipes – run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
  • Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.
  • Download the Red Cross First Aid App for quick, expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency. This free app is available on the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores.
    Mom Twist Be mindful of garbage. If everything is shut down, no one is coming to take your trash nor will the dump be open. Trash can increase rapidly when your schedule is thrown off and everyone is home. Try to limit the amount of trash you have and squish it as much as possible. Also remind kids if there is no power, the garbage disposal doesn’t work or you will end up with a mess.

Stay off the roads if at all possible when weather gets ugly.If you ABSOLUTELY MUST be on the road, here is an article from the Red Cross website with info on how to prepare. http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Issues-Safety-Steps-for-Winter-Storm Make sure your car has gas even if you don’t plan on going out! And keep emergency supplies in your actual vehicle not the trunk. Take two days of medications and supplies, just in case.

Activities for Kids – Many of the activities we posted in a past articles of activities for Rainy Days will also work for “snow days” without power. Print it now so you have it on hand if the power goes out. http://lexingtonmommy.com/blog/15-rainy-day-ideas/

I have no idea what the schools will do, just as no one really knows exactly what these two storms will do. Be patient with the schools and the meteorologists. I will probably be on Twitter a fair amount tweeting the information I see mixed with my random thoughts over the next few days. I will still post to Facebook, but Twitter is more conducive to these situations. Follow us on both and let’s try to keep the humor in this as much as possible 🙂

Have more tips? Post them in the comments. Let’s share the love 🙂

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