Surviving Natural Disasters – Preparing For a Blizzard

When I was in middle school a weather event some have referred to as “Jay’s Blizzard” hit our area. It was a short but powerful storm that had us go from rain to blinding snow in a few hours. It was more hype than storm. I think it only lasted three or four hours. We didn’t even lose power.

That does not mean all blizzards are like that.

Pre-Blizzard Preps: A lot of this is done when getting ready for winter anyway, but if there’s a prediction of a blizzard and you haven’t gotten to it, now’s the time. Wrap exposed pipes with heat tape. If you have a fireplace make sure you have plenty of wood. Keep a good supply of food on hand.

You may end up with guests if you live along a highly traveled roadway. Having some extra supplies such as tooth brushes and extra blankets may be a wise idea.

In the Car: You may also be one of the guests if you are caught out in this sort of weather. Keep boards, kitty litter and a small shovel in your vehicle. You’ll also want space blankets and perhaps some food and water.

The shovel is to clear snow away from your tailpipe if you are trapped. You’ll only want to run your engine a short time to keep it survivably warm and checking to be sure the tail pipe is clear of snow.

Right Before: If you have a fireplace, bring in plenty of wood. Gather flashlights and blankets. Make sure there are things to do. It’s warmer to keep everyone in the same room so plan on it being that way.

If you have large animals, make sure they have plenty of feed and water before the storm. Going out in it could be deadly. If you must go out to check them, tie a strong rope between the stable door and the house door.

Do Not! Do not bring in a charcoal grill to cook on or to heat your home. It will kill you. Do not try to go back outside during the blizzard unless you have taken the rope precaution.