Extreme Cold Preparedness:
When we hear the word winter, the first thing that comes to mind is winter wonderland. But lately, winter is turning into a dangerous time of year. In 2014, people in the Central US woke up to a -37°F (38°C) winter morning. Called the 2014 North American Cold Wave, it grounded thousands of flights and other forms of transportation. There were casualties during the cold wave and hundreds of thousands of personal items were damaged.
So how can you prepare for an extreme cold weather? Do you just sit inside the house and ensure that the heater is working? Here are some things you can do to ramp up your extreme cold weather preparedness.
As the popular GoT line goes, “Winter is coming”. We know when winter is coming and we have 4 quarters of a year to prepare for that. Checking out winter weather predictions will help.
As is in any endeavor, planning ahead is important. Expecting every winter from now on to be an extreme weather season is a safe assumption.
- Listen to the radio or television for winter storm warnings or freeze warnings. Being aware of what’s to come is the best way to prepare yourself and your family.
- Create winter survival kit at home. Keep food that needs no cooking including baby food and formula if you have kids. Also store water in clean containers for when your water pipes freeze. Lastly, prepare a slew of medicines that you or your family members might need.
- Prepare your home of colder winters. Experts claim that winters will only get colder from this point on so you might want to give your home a “extreme cold weather makeover”. Make sure the house is properly insulated by weatherproofing it. Check your water pipes and insulate them if needed.
- Ensure that your car is extreme cold ready. Have a mechanic take a look at your car. Make sure that the antifreeze levels are sufficient. Make sure everything is A-OK. Also, don’t forget to check the thermostat if it works. Getting winter tires might also be needed if you are forced to travel during extreme cold weather.
What To Do During Extreme Cold Weather Conditions
The first thing you should remember is that you should stay indoors as much as possible. Don’t do too much work like shoveling the snow as it can put too much strain on your heart and body. Dress for the weather. Wear a hat and mittens, your extremities are the most vulnerable in extreme cold weather conditions. Also, remember to keep as dry as possible because wet clothing can cause a lot of heat loss for your body. Make sure you keep your body temperature in check every now and then especially for older individuals. If you see symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite, seek medical attention right away.
The Aftermath of an Extreme Cold Weather Condition
Check yourself and your family members for any injuries or symptoms. If your home lost power or heat for hours on end, seek a nearby shelter to be safe. Stay indoors until authorities deem the weather to be safe. Learn from the experience. No two scenarios are the same so you should assess how your extreme cold preparedness plan worked and how you can improve it. You might also see damages in your own home so you can repair and fortify them for future extreme cold weather conditions.