I’m so excited because as I look out the window its snowing like crazy outside!
Here in the South it’s a pretty big deal and basically, shuts down most of the towns in the area, and bread and milk start missing from the shelves of departments stores about five days beforehand.
It’s beautiful to see as it softly falls to the ground, and seeing the homestead covered in snow is one of my favorite things on earth!
There many, many great ways to prepare your household for inclement weather, natural disasters or other emergencies and I hope to do a post or two about this in the future, but I’m going to quickly write about a few ways that the Hubby and I prepared for the snow!
To be honest, there were lots more ways we could have prepared for this weekend and we would have if it had looked to be any more serious in our area.
Here are a few things I always try to keep in the pantry:
- 1 or 2 cases of water
- 4/5 jugs of water
- canned foods (especially helpful when you have no power, just make sure you have a hand-operated can opener!)
- extra pet food
- lanterns and/or battery operated lighting
- ice melt
There many more things to go along with these that I’ll discuss in some upcoming blog posts, but those are just a couple items I always keep at the ready no matter what the season is!
It’s also important to remember about power, and this is something I think a lot of people tend to overlook when preparing for inclement weather or other emergencies.
You need to be able to effectively run your household even in the times you don’t have power, and there are lots of options nowadays for you to look into.
Here at our house, our home has an emergency heat switch and recently we also invested in a generator.
A generator doesn’t need to be fancy or even top of the line, keep this in mind before you pour a lot of money into one. Consider the wattage you would need in an emergency and exactly what your needs are in a generator before you go shopping for one.
If you live on a farmstead and have livestock, you may even need a generator for your barn and/or sheds as well. If you have an incubator or something of that sort, you don’t want to be without power for them.
Because we do live on a farmstead (although a growing one) we have to take into consideration the care of our livestock as well!
This means always having reserve hay and grain on hand, and also methods to always keep the water troughs with fresh water – this means keeping the water hoses from freezing.
I look forward to sharing some great tips and thoughts on having your home and farmstead prepared for inclement weather and other emergencies in the months to come because there are honestly sooooo many awesome ways to always be prepared!
My Hubby and I pray that everyone stays safe this weekend and into the week as some will have to head out to work!
Happy snow day!