Emergency Preparedness for the Winter Months

Emergency Preparedness for the Winter Months

Emergency Preparedness for the Winter Months

Preparing for emergencies will depend on where you’re located geographically and in which seasons the most extreme weather events will occur there. For instance, you may not need to be prepared for earthquakes if you live in the Midwest, while tornadoes would be of no concern to you on the coast. The winter months, too, represent a risk factor to many places in the country and around the world. So, it is important that you know how to prepare yourself for the emergencies that inclement winter weather brings with it.

The most obvious thing to prepare for in winter time is the cold. Whether it’s a blizzard, a car accident in the snow, or an extended power outage, the cold will seep in very quickly, and it’s critical that you stay warm from the outset. This generally comes down to having the right gear. A good winter gear kit should have emergency blankets, heat packs, a first aid kit, rations, a radio, and much more. All of these will serve you well in a wintertime emergency, and you won’t regret having them should the worst ever befall you.

In addition to staying warm, road safety takes on a whole new importance in the winter months. Tire chains, an extra emergency kit for the back of your car, flashlights, and an emergency GPS (independently powered) will all make your time on the road safer in the event of an accident in the snow. It is also important to keep in mind that during blizzards, heavy snows, whiteout conditions, or when there is deep snow on the roads, emergency services may have more difficulty getting to you. This makes preparedness particularly crucial, as you may be on your own for longer than expected.

In the home, winter emergencies can cause power outages, fallen trees, and damage to roofs, windows, and walls. Frozen and burst pipes are also a risk in the coldest regions. Keeping safe in the home during an emergency seems like it should be a no-brainer. However, every year people are caught unprepared in their own homes without the appropriate survival equipment or readiness. Enough clean, fresh water for several days’ use should always be stored somewhere in your home. A well-stocked emergency preparedness kit, including an independently-powered (i.e., solar or dynamo) radio should also be present. Finally, staying warm is just as important at home as it is outdoors. With no heat, the inside becomes as chilly as the outside in no time.

We hope that this has been an informative look at the specifics of winter emergency preparedness. At Brickhouse Security, our duty is to help educate you on safety and do our best to keep the population informed of the risks we can help mitigate. Although winter emergencies can be dangerous, being prepared is the best way to prevent them or get through them should they be unavoidable. From staying warm during a power outage to keeping your car running and on the road to staying alive if you’re caught in the snow, we want you to make it through any cold weather emergency.


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