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Winter Storm Survival Kit

Check the weather and sign up school closing notifications, inventory what you already own then fill up the car with gas and make a trip to the library and grocery store to stock up on family essentials. Be prepared to spend some time indoors and outdoors the next few days—playing and digging out. During storms, when travel is tough, we often depend more on our neighbors. Pitch in when possible: Shovel out elderly/new parents, share food, and set up kid swaps.

Let’s make a kit

I updated Elyse’s list, preparing kids for severe weather (written when we were expecting a summer hurricane)–leaving out warm-weather precautions and adding in relevant wintery blizzard advisories.

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Check the weather and sign up school closing notifications, inventory what you already own then fill up the car with gas and make a trip to the library and grocery store to stock up on family essentials. Be prepared to spend some time indoors and outdoors the next few days–playing and digging out. During storms, when travel is tough, we often depend more on our neighbors. Pitch in when possible:  Shovel out elderly/new parents, share food, and set up kid swaps.

Let’s make a kit
Building a supply kit together with your children can make a storm seem like an adventure. Look around your home for the following items scavenger-hunt style. Fill in any gaps with a shopping list and buy what you feel is necessary to your own kit.

  • Water and non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  •  Moist towelettes, hand sanitizer and garbage bags
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities
  • Imagination: Make up stories together (It was a dark and stormy night …), sing songs, color in coloring books!
  • First aid kit
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags

Shopping list

  • Water and non-perishable food
  • (including cocoa / coffee / tea / popcorn / fruit / soup / cheese / crackers)
  • Long carrots (for snowman)
  • Food coloring (for snow painting)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Candles + matches

Make a trip to the libraryChalkboard-Snowman

  • Books
  • Movies
  • Audio books and music

Have snow gear + tools handy

  • Shovels
  • Salt
  • Gasoline for the snowblower
  • Boots for kids and adults
  • Winter coats / hats / snow pants / waterproof gloves
  • Sleds / snowshoes / skis

Assemble a snowman kit

  • Before the snow falls – gather up sticks, acorns, pinecones. Add in long carrot, old hat, gloves/mittens.

For more complete information and tips:
 Please visit the following resources used for this article: Red Cross and RI Emerganecy Management Agency.

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