Were you here for White Juan? I remember it very well and, I also remember not being prepared for it. I will certainly never forget the amount of snow we received during that storm! We haven't had a storm quite like that in a while but we need to stay vigilant especially during these unprecedented times we are living in. It's time to take stock of what you have to be prepared for in a storm. Do you have everything you need?
We've created a helpful guide to preparing your home and family for storms so that you can weather any storm that comes your way!
Emergency Preparedness Plan
It's important that everyone in your family knows what to do in case of an emergency or in case of a storm. The Canadian Red Cross has a downloadable template that can be found here. This template will help you keep track of all the important things and will help you make a plan!
Preparing your family
Take some time to speak with the kids about some of things that could happen during a storm. As a storm approaches, kids can be a little apprehensive. Talking to them can help ease some of those fears.
Another thing that you should do is, establish a communication plan with other family members outside of your home. If you have family members close by (or even friends) decide on a check in plan to make sure everyone is ok.
Preparing Your Property Outdoors
Make sure you do the following to prepare to protect your property and in turn, your neighbour's property:
More property tips for outdoors:
What Should Be in Your Emergency Preparedness Kit?
The Canadian Red Cross suggests that we should all have an Emergency Preparedness Kit with enough supplies to last for 72 hours and should sustain your entire family for that time. Here is a condensed version of the top things you should have in your Kit:
You can find a more detailed list on the Canadian Red Cross' website here.
Preparing Your Home Indoors
One thing that I am terrified of in the winter months is, my pipes freezing during a power outage. The thought of it gives me nightmares! I've witnessed the damage that can be done when a frozen pipe bursts and it is not pretty! Here's what you should do to give your pipes a helping hand in case the power goes out:
Head over to your local hardware store to pick up some pipe insulation. There are several different types so be sure to ask someone which will work best for the pipes you are protecting.
One question I find that people always wonder is, should I fill my bathtub with water? In the case of having well water, I would say this is a BIG yes! But what if you're on city water? The answer to that would be a yes for me too. Sometimes, during storms, water supplies can be compromised. If you have a bathtub full of water, you will have a supply for a few days at least. It's better to be safe than sorry in my books. If you end up not using the water and have to let it go down the drain, consider bottling it for later use like watering your plants indoors or if it's in the summer months, you can use it to water your plants outdoors as well.
A checklist of other things to remember to do indoors while preparing for a storm:
We all need to be prepared for any weather events that might come our way. We need to keep our family and homes safe. If you are ever wondering where to get advice for preparing for storms, you can always visit The Canadian Red Cross' website here.