How to prepare for a winter storm watch:

All the joy can be such a burden for the birdies and other lving things!

You know you’ll wish you could think of everything at once, should a storm come. Here is a starter list, not in any particular order:

  1. What to do, how to do it, a checklist for you to be really ready this time!Go to the store for white bread at the last minute. (Just kidding! Real list to follow!)
  2. (For real) make sure you have enough foods to eat that do not have to be cooked unless you have a cooking alternative to electricity.
  3. If you have electric heat, only, look into some other heat source, such as kerosene or fireplace or wood stove.
  4. If you have a fireplace, consider cooking on it. You will need covered, long-handled pans because of heat and ash, a few bricks and a grate to elevate pots, and really good potholders. Oh, also firewood, which is cheap around here, due to last year’s drought.
  5. Rock salt or other means of de-icing porches & sidewalks, for safety.
  6. Plastic sheeting for over the windshield, if you park outdoors.
  7. Prescriptions filled. Don’t run out during an ice storm!
  8. Really good batteries in flashlights. Candles and matches. ETC.
  9. A generator would be nice, with fuel for it stocked up. And make sure you know how to operate it without killing a lineman.
  10. Extra bedding for cold nights. If one room is warm, you can close it off until bedtime and then sleep under tons of blankets with coats on, just fine.
  11. Water for drinking, if power is out over a week and tower is pumped electrically, which most are.
  12. Survival includes a lot more than white bread! Read to find out what all you need NOW!Watch the skies and think about livestock and pets. They need more feed than usual and some sort of shelter, if only a piece of plywood leaned against a building. Being wet makes them colder and hungrier, and more prone to illness, and they hate eating snow for their drinks. Many creatures benefit from a little sugar added to water during these times. Chickens definitely do.
  13. A bag of wild birdseed, in case your feeder is snowed under. Birds die when they cannot access wild food sources while they are fighting off cold, wet weather. Even if you do not normally feed wild birds, do so, please, when all their normal sources are hidden under snow or ice.
  14. If the lights are out, do not open fridge or deep freeze except in emergency. Check it maybe after two days and if it is too warm, use the outdoors for cooling food. Protect eggs, though, from freezing, or they will break.
  15. Make sure all vehicles are filled with gasoline.
  16. If all your phones are cellular, you must provide for recharging them. Vehicles running with an adapter in the lighter socket is an option. Hand-cranked rechargers are available, sometimes. And there are those little battery things that will recharge a phone; make sure yours are charged up.
  17. Read about The Last Snowing Hurricane!

There you have it! Hope you won’t need it!.


Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

6 thoughts on “How to prepare for a winter storm watch:

  1. We’re getting ready for the same storm system…hoping we do not have a repeat of January 2009. I never thought about getting anything for the birds before but I added some seed to my list today.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Storyad, and WELCOME to Home’s Cool! 🙂 I’m glad the list helped you think.
      I need to pick up some seed, too, as my last gallon is in the feeder. When it ices over, that’s no good. for them. I keep seed in the house to scatter over the ice several times a day, so they can access it. I think the winter will be bigger, this year, as the goldfinches are not turning yellow, yet…
      We’d both better hurry!

  2. Great list! It’s hard to get back into that frame of mind at the beginning of the season. That’s a good suggestion to practice cooking in the fire ahead of time, otherwise one might not think of having longer handles and such. The year before we moved to MO, they had a bad ice storm and lost power for about a week. My brother-in-law and his family all came down with the flu. Talk about miserable!

  3. We went through a few hurricanes and lost power. I froze water in containers so when the power was lost, I put one in the frig and left the other in the freezer. It helped.

    1. Great idea for warm weather! For cold weather, we just set it on a bench, outdoors. 😉 Most people around here have generators, too, and we borrowed for a short time to keep our deep freeze going.

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