Getting ready for winter - household items to have on hand.

The Farmers’ Almanac is a predicting a wet winter with an El Nino pattern, here in Northern California and a wild winter back east. When storms come in you never know what the end turn out might be. Being prepared is not a huge chore. All it takes is 15 minutes a week try adding a few extra things on your grocery list like picking up that extra tarp, flashlight, batteries or that extra tank of propane for your gas barbeque at your next trip to the hardware store.

Here is some information that can help you get prepared.

You will need one gallon of water per person per day in your household, this also includes pets. A heat source that is safe for you and your family to stay warm and safe. Kerosene heaters are not recommended for indoor use due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Extra blankets and sleeping bags are always good to have on hand. This is especially helpful at night when our fires die down in our stoves.

Make sure you have enough non-perishable food for each person in your household for 3 to 5 days. This includes canned meats, beans, vegetables, soups, stews, fruit cups, applesauce, granola bars, nuts and dried fruits. Peanut butter, jelly or jam, canned milk, dried milk, hot cocoa, instant coffee, powdered creamer, bread, and rolls. Don’t forget your pets. They will need food also.

Make sure your prescriptions are full and you are not in need of a refill the day it decides to dump snow in downtown Grass Valley. It might make it a little difficult to get to the pharmacy.

Have board games, cards, or and book light for reading to help pass the time. Some might want to think about purchasing a generator to keep the refrigerator or freezer going. Some just might want to watch a little television or keep that well running for water.

Batteries, flashlights, crank flashlights, cell phone chargers, make sure all of these items are in working order. First aid kits are always great to have on hand, not only for your home but also your car. Make sure your home kit includes a wrench or pliers for turning off utilities when needed.  

Extra cash on hand due to the fact that some computers in stores might be down and you may not be able to use your debit card or credit card. Try and keep your car gas tank full or filled when a storm is on the way. The rule of thumb is when it gets to half a tank, fill it up. I, on the other hand run into the gas station on close to empty, which is not a good thing.

 I know it’s a lot to remember but a little organizing and preparation helps in the long run. As we have seen in the East over the last month, it is always better to have items on hand than running around town before we get snow or the power goes out. It all comes down to your comfort level. I am use to not having power at certain times in the winter, unlike my children who can’t figure out what to do with themselves but pester the cats in the house as they lay by the wood stove trying to stay warm.

As I get ready for this winter, I will keep you up to date on my pantry and house. Look for more information to come.

Here’s to the upcoming winter. Be safe, stay warm and start getting prepared.

 

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