Depending on the source, this year St. Louis will either have a “bitter and snowy” winter or a “wetter and milder” winter than last year. Either way, preparing for the worst can only be good for you.
Is your house winter-ready? How well will your house stand up to harsh winter weather?
First, let’s review the 7 basic steps to ready your home for winter weather.
What about preventative steps? Have you:
Great! Now, what about you? Are you winter storm-ready?
Beyond typical winter prepping measures, if the worst-case scenario plays out and a major winter storms hits, there are a number of problem areas that will need to be addressed.
Problem Area #1 – No Power
Most likely, in the worse of storms, the power will go out. Meaning, homes whose primaryheating sources come from electricity, heating oil or a gas furnace (electricity is needed to run blowers on gas furnaces) will be unable to be heated. This also means that homes that get their water from a well, will also have to go without.
Some solutions to consider:
Problem Area #2 – No Communication
In the case of a power outage, how will you communicate to friends and family outside of the home? Winter storms can overwhelm landlines and cell towers. Here are some solutions to consider:
Problem Area #3 – No Shelter
If days pass and the power still has not been restored, your backup batteries has lost its juice and supplies are gone—finding a designated shelter is the next step. Be sure to bring personal items such as toiletries and medicines that you will need for the night. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find a shelter in your area.
There is no such thing as being too prepared for a harsh winter storm. This way, regardless of what weather prediction turns out to be correct; you, your family and home will be ready.
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