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How to Prepare for Winter Storms

by Nikki Willhite

This past week I wanted to throw a shoe at my television a few times. I was watching coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Some of my favorite television reporters were talking about how difficult it was for people after the storm. I can't remember the exact words, but it was something like "People are out of food. They can't get to the store because they have no gasoline. Their children are crying and getting sick and there is nothing they can do."

Not once did I hear one of them mention anything about emergency preparation. Wouldn't this be a good time to help people prepare for the next storm? Winter has barely begun.


There are some things you can do to make winter storms easier.

If you are flooding, you need to get out. A Bug Out Bag will make it easier and help ensure you don't forget essential items like medications or things that will make your children more comfortable.

If you are able to stay in your residence, you don't need to starve. Even people living in apartments can store dehydrated food. Freeze-dried food lasts for 20 plus years and takes up very little space.

Water takes more room to store, but if you make it a priority, you can find a place. You will need water to rehydrate your food. If you live in a home, you will have more options. Small propane stoves are easy to operate and take up very little room.


If you don't have a fireplace, you can use a Buddy Heater and propane to keep warm. Unfortunately, those in apartments may have to rely on blankets and quilts, or move to emergency shelters.

There are many options for lighting, including battery powered lamps.

Our hearts go out to those who have suffered so much loss, and are grieving in so many ways. Sometimes there is nothing you can do. Now is the time to educate people on steps they can take that may help them prepare for next time when the wind blows and the storms come.


About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade.  For more emergency preparedness tips and articles, see  








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