I know what you’re thinking- Why would a solar company blog about how to get throught a blizzard? Don’t I have some tidbit about the environment, or technology, or health? Well, I do, but I’m going to save it for another day – because it has recently come to my attention that even though we grew up in New England, some of us aren’t sure how to handle a major snowstorm.
Here are some key things to remember when faced with a blizzard.
- Turn up your fridge/freezer a bit. With so much snow coming so quickly, and such strong gusts of wind, power outages are almost gaurenteed. Turning up your fridge and freezer will keep your food fresh longer in the event that power is out for a couple of days.
- Keep your devices charged. Laptops, phones, handheld games for the kids, etc. should be fully charged and then turned off unless they are being used.
- Unplug anything you aren’t using. If the power does go, the power surge can fry your electronics.
- Pack a bug-out bag. I’ve had a bag handy for myself, my partner, and both of our kids since the tornado of June 2011. Each bag contains batteries, a flashlight, a change of clothes, a first aid kit, two bottles of water, a can of fruit, and a can of vegetables. While evacuation is less likely in a blizzard, they’re still always good to have on-hand.
- Keep plenty of blankets and candles on-hand. It’s surprising how much warmth a small group of candles will give off!
- NEVER GO TO SLEEP WITHOUT EXTINGUISHING THE CANDLES. While keeping warm is important, burning down your house isn’t the best way to do it.
- If you are not indoors, find shelter. Stay warm, keep moving, see if you can build a fire, and DO NOT FALL ASLEEP!
- If you have to drive, BE SAFE. Buckle up and drive slowly, with headlights and hazard lights on. Pump your breaks if you start to slide. If you lose control of your vehicle and an impact is imminent, brace yourself. Protect your head and chest.
- HAVE FUN! Weather can be scary, but if you’re in your home and relatively safe, enjoy some quality time with your family. Binge some netflix, break out the board games and a deck of cards, sip some cocoa, and pretend it’s not March and that we should probably be concerned about the biggest snowstorm of the year happening a week before spring.