winter survival kit
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Winter can be an extremely dangerous and unpredictable season. Below freezing temperatures and snow storms can leave you in a state of emergency. The key to surviving a winter emergency situation is to always be prepared. This means having a winter survival kit that will enable you to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

The National Safety Council has prepared a winter survival kit checklist including:

Foods that need no cooking or refrigeration

  • Bread
  • Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Canned food
  • Dried fruits and nuts
  • Baby food – if you have young children

It’s possible, in a winter emergency that pipes may freeze or rupture. Keep water stored, either in clean containers or purchased from the store. Keep 5 gallons per person stored.
Keep a stock of necessary medications available for family members. Even in
the winter some medications have to be refrigerated. Be sure you have a small
cooler for those items


Emergency Supply Kit

  • Alternate way to heat your home during a power failure
    – dry firewood for a fireplace or wood stove
    – kerosene for kerosene heater
    – portable generator (NOTE: often used un rural areas, but they come with their own set of cautions…)
  • Furnace fuel – coal propane, oil
  • Gas powered space heater with automatic shit-off switch and non-glowing elements (NOTE: if power is off, wont be able to use electric heater, but if you do, it also comes with its own set of cautions…)
  • Blankets
  • Matches
  • Multipurpose, dry chemical fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight or battery powered lantern
  • Battery-powered radio and/or crank emergency radio
  • Battery-powered clock or watch
  • Extra batteries
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Snow Shovel
  • Rock Salt
  • Special needs items – diapers, hearing aid batteries, medications, etc.

One of the most dangerous places to be in the winter in on the road, driving. In the case of an emergency driving situation, the Red Cross recommends that you always have a disaster survival kit in your car’s trunk as well as in your home.

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