What I Do When a Storm Approaches (#22)
There are many kinds of emergencies that we actually know about in advance. Our local meteorologist recently said that they can now forecast the weather more accurately five days out than they could two days out when he started decades ago.
As we see with hurricanes, blizzards, and severe weather outbreaks, we often know it is coming. I have developed the habit of doing a list of particular things as soon as I hear that there is the potential for weather to impact our electricity and ability to go about our normal routines outside of the home. Where we live, I mostly try to anticipate wind storms, ice storms, and blizzards. Where you live might have a different set of concerns.
I thought it might be helpful to share the list of things I do. Whether it is a line of thunderstorms, an ice storm, or a blizzard, I go through these steps to help my family remain comfortable.
You can create a list of your own to put in your binder for the next time you have impending weather concerns.
Gas and Fuel
We check to make sure the cars are filled and the back-up gasoline tanks are full as well.
I catch up on all the laundry whether it is laundry day or not. Everything is washed and put away.
Vacuum and Dust
The entire house gets vacuumed (carpets and rugs) or dusted (wood laminate). I also make sure the furniture is dusted.
The bathrooms get cleaned including tubs, toilets, sinks, and mirrors.
Lights and Batteries
We check to make sure the flashlights and lanterns are all working and have fresh batteries. We also check the back-up supply of batteries for these items.
Since I keep a pantry, we usually have all of the food we need on hand. However, I make sure we haven’t missed anything and we’ll purchase the fresh things we might need.
Check Heat Source
We have gas heat, but need electric for it to kick on. We have a fireplace as a back-up. We make sure there is plenty of split wood in the house and also stacked up in the garage. If we are very concerned about the winter weather approaching, we will also move extra unsplit logs to the garage just in case the weather makes it very difficult or dangerous to bring in more wood (such as an ice storm).
Check Outside of Home
Depending on the type of storm coming, we will make sure everything outside is secure. If necessary, we will bring items into the garage.
We make sure every device in the house is fully charged. I’ll also encourage Caroline to download a few things she might want to watch.
Feed the Birds
We fill the birdfeeders and put out extra suet (in the winter) because we care about them too!
Create Your Own List
Now create your own list using the Notes, Lists & Records printables. Put it in your Prudent & Prepared Notebook for future use.
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