Winter Preparedness Checklist By Cynthia Ewer, Author of
Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized When wintry weather blows, will your family be prepared?
Winter brings special seasonal challenges to an organized home.
Winter storms can make navigating roads and walkways hazardous; power outages and snow days highlight any family's readiness for cold weather.
Take time now to review your family's emergency preparedness with this Winter Preparedness Checklist. It'll help you prepare your home and automobile for cold-weather hazards.
Out and About Will your home welcome winter visitors safely? Get ready for snow, ice or rain on walks and driveways by stocking up on these cold-weather basics.
- Snow shovel
- De-icing compound
- Waterproof floor mats
- Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration, such as canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, and energy bars
- Manual can opener
- Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
- 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
- Flashlights and batteries
- Battery-powered radio
- Battery-powered clock
- Cellular phone
- First-aid kit (printable first-aid kit checklist)
- Four-day supply of prescription medicines
- Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
- Pet food and additional water for household pets
- Check antifreeze
- Check and replace older batteries
- Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line
- Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation
- Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag's extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
- Ice scraper
- Jumper cables
- Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
- Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
- Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
- Flashlight and batteries
- Gallon jug of drinking water
- First aid kit
Pack supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency backpack in case you need to abandon your car.
Your emergency backpack should include these preparedness items.
- Jacket, hat, gloves and sturdy, snow-proof boots for each traveler
- Nonperishable food
- Bottled water
- Cellular phone