Now Comes The Ice

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 @ 05:02 PM

I hate to keep harping the the same subject over and over, but emergency preparedness is an important topic. Survival of your family should be a number one priority no matter who you are. With the weather in the northeastern region of the US this year, you should always be aware that a severe storm could wreak havoc in your neighborhood at any time.

The point is to be prepared. With the threat of another storm, this one promising ice, you need to make sure you have some basics. Ice storms can lead to power outages that can last for days, even weeks. Make sure that you have fuel for some sort of outdoor cooking appliance, be it charcoal or wood for a grill or BBQ smoker, or just always making sure that you have an extra tank of propane on hand at all times. If you are in a place that does not allow for outdoor cooking, make sure that you have canned or jarred food in your house, and a hand crank can opener.

Have candles and matches or a battery operated flashlight and a fresh supply of batteries. These are normal things to have in an emergency preparedness bin in your house. You can change out the batteries when you change the batteries in your smoke detector once or twice a year.

Odds are that if the power goes out, it will only be for a few minutes, or a few hours tops. But it never hurts to be prepared, to keep your family safe. If you don’t have an emergency bin or bag, it’s time to get one. If you don’t have an emergency plan, it’s time to make one. The key word here is emergency. You never know when a storm could strike, a flood could come, a fire could break out, or a tornado could happen. Being prepared is just common sense. You love your family. Time to help keep them safe.

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