Winter Emergency Supplies (mainly for snow)
From B. Crane
The rule of threes is that you can survive 3 minutes without air.
Have bottled water if the water supply goes you only have 3 days to live.
You can go 30 days with out food. You have 4 minutes to get help with a heart attack.
If it is possible snow should be shoveled and a straight path at all times to get a stretcher in or fireman. If cars are in driveways and do not start they could block firemen or EMS from entering.
Have everything done like laundry before hand. You may need all your energy.
ATM’s may be out and cash will be needed.
Have all your medications, first aid, bottled water, flashlight, radio and batteries.
Wear reflective vest so cars don’t hit you
Check expiration dates on fire extinguisher and smoke detectors.
Have dust a mask, sky mask, rock salt and knee high boots.
Have a phone and other devices charged.
If electricity is out:
Have your pantry full. Dry food examples: peanut butter, pretzels, nuts, rice cakes, sesame seeds, pita chips, crackers, cookies, gum, sucking candy, granola and power bar…
Powdered or can milk, if none there maybe chocolate milk unsold, juice box and bottles.
There is dry food that is microwaveable: noodles, soup, macaroni…
Cans: fruit, soup…
Have frozen food and a freezer filled, for more space you can use snow outside.
Be careful of a cat stealing it.
Have enough toiletries, tissues, toothpaste, soap…
Clothes and heat for the coldest day of the year and prolonged outside exposure:
Wear layers and breathable wickable fibers so no water or sweat stays. Wickable fibers are used a lot for hikers and mountain climbers. Water could lead to pneumonia and other bad effects.
You can get frostbite in minutes. A hat is crucial because a lot of body heat is lost through your head. Feet must kept warm and dry or bad effects.
Have a waterproof hats with dog ears to strap over your ears and under your chin.
For wind proofing wear a neoprene sky mask or scarf. Nylon blocks the wind.
Warm coats have Thinsulate, Goretex or down. Goose down is warmer than duck down. Cheaper is a light windproof waterproof shell coat and warm vest underneath.
Gloves and boots can have the same material.
Warm shirts and pants could be wool, flannel, corduroy or many fibers.
There are waterproof and wind proof pants.
Wear a sweater or vest over it.
Consider thermal underwear, usually tops are not needed. Thermals and sweat shirts make you sweat and are not breathable.
For big snow storms and flooding consider knee high waterproof boots.
To insulate windows buy plastic for windows. New windows use a gas in the window for better insulation. For a cold apartment consider a sleeping bag. Consider a hand warmer used for football games. Never use the gas stove for heat without anything cooking, it could cause an explosion if there is a spark.
In a real emergency you can live in ice like an igloo if knowledgeable.
You may have to go to a sporting goods or camping gear store for special clothes and dry food.
If you have a drafty apartment or no heat you might want to sleep in another room or hall that has no window or vent. The worst case I heard of was sleeping in a closet.
Stores try to sell a season ahead so at the end of winter or March they sell up to 50% off. They don’t want to pay for storing it, inventorying it for a year because it may go out of style by then.