February 17, 2013
While snow storms can be problematic, dealing with a severe ice storm can bring about even more complications. If you're unprepared, you can quickly find yourself in trouble and be stranded without adequate supplies. Here are some ways that you can prepare you and your family for the next big ice storm and maintain relatively comfortable until the weather improves.
Invest In A Generator
Since it's common for the power to go out during an ice storm, it's ideal to have a generator. This will allow you to power certain appliances for cooking purposes, communication and even entertainment while you're riding out the storm. In most cases, you can find a generator that's reasonably priced by browsing online.
It's also critical that you have enough supplies to keep everyone fed and taken care of. For example, you should have several gallons of bottled water, some canned food, flashlights, an assortment of batteries, a radio, etc. Having a propane stove can also be beneficial you don't have a generator because it's an efficient way to cook hot meals. Besides this, it's smart to have a quality first aid kit on hand in case anyone experiences an injury.
Obviously the weather is going to be cold during an ice storm, so you should have some warm blankets, heavy coats, beanies and thermal underwear stored away. If you have a large family, make sure that there is enough for everyone to stay warm.
Unplug Electronics And Appliances
If the power goes, you should go ahead and unplug these things to protect them from electrical surges. If you end up using a generator, simply plug in whatever you're using at the time and unplug it after you're done. This should keep these items in proper working condition and you won't have to worry about them incurring damage.
You should also have a variety of tools on hand to take care of any problems that arise during an ice storm. One of the most important is a durable snow shovel to clear off your driveway. You should have a toolkit with basic items like screw drivers and wrenches. It's also smart to have a few power tools like a cordless drill and some Fein multimaster tools if you need to handle some larger jobs.
Lastly, you will want to have some form of communication like a cell phone for contacting others and a radio to stay updated on weather forecasts. These things should have you prepared to make a move if need be.
The writer is used to enduring cold weather and knows how serious an ice storm can become. He suggests looking online to find Fein multimaster tools and other items to prepare for an ice storm.