Winter Preparedness Tips for Preppers

For those of us that live in the northern states it’s that time of year again, and depending on who you are, you either love the winter or hate it. None the less it’s time to get ready for the cold and snow and that means doing inventory of your winter preparedness supplies, rotating your supplies and picking up a few things you might need this winter.

Just like when we pull out the Christmas decorations most of them are fine, but there is always something broken or something that just doesn’t work. Our winter preparedness supplies are a little more important though, if our batteries are dead or our flashlight doesn’t work we need to get that fixed before it becomes a bigger issue.

Not only do we need to make sure we have everything ready to go in our home to prepare for a power outage, we also need to make sure we have the emergency preparedness supplies in our cars that we might need.

Most of us spend at least a couple of hours a day traveling from place to place and during the winter months the weather, road conditions and consequences are far more extreme than the summer months.

SPP271 Winter Preparedness Tips & Supplies

This week in the show Lisa and I went over all the supplies you might need to be prepared for the winter months. You might have some of these supplies already, and some of them you might need to replace or buy.

Food and water is by far the most important part of preparedness regardless of the time of year, but in the winter you might not be able to get to the grocery store. At the very least make sure you can go a couple of weeks without leaving your home.

After you have food and water covered it’s time to take inventory of what you have and get the few things you might need. Everyone has their own way of doing inventory, but I use this worksheet here if you want to use it also.

Lights out Kit

LIghts Out KitBecause of severe weather power outages are more likely in the winter months. You should have a lights out kit ready to go at all times, but it becomes more important in the winter months.

  • Plastic Tote to Put Everything in.(HERE)
  • Candles
  • Solar Lights (HERE)
  • Oil lamps (and fuel)
  • Batteries
  • Solar Generator (HERE)
  • Solar Chargers (HERE)
  • Lighters
  • Crank Radio (HERE)
  • Extension Cords

The Voyager Crank Radio

Ways to Cook or Heat Food

If the power goes out for an extended period of time we are going to need a way to cook or heat our food. Most people would be eating boxed cereal and crackers, but we are not most people…we are preppers.

cooking off the grid

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Coleman Stove (HERE)
  • Fuel (Coleman, Propane, Charcoal, Wood)
  • Sun Oven (HERE)
  • Camp Stove (HERE)
  • Fireplace
  • Sterno Fuel (HERE)
  • Can Opener

Staying Warm

staying warm in winterStaying warm is critical in the winter months but remember, in a power outage it won’t be as easy as turning up the thermostat when you get cold.

  • Heat 1 Room
  • Carhartt Overalls (HERE)
  • Dress in Layers
  • Spare Blankets
  • Fireplace Maintained
  • Space Heater (HERE)
  • Extra Fuel and Wood

Home Maintenance

winter home maintainanceBy doing routine maintenance on your home you can prevent a small problem from becoming a bigger one. It’s much easier to fix these problems now while it’s warm than it will be when the temperatures fall below zero.

  • Check window Seals
  • Plastic Window Cover (HERE)
  • Manual Options for Powered Appliances.
  • Clean Gutters
  • Cover Exposed Pipes
  • Clean or Change Furnace Filters
  • Test Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers

Car Maintenance

Winter Car CareSitting on the side of the road in a snow storm is no fun at all. Winter conditions wreak havoc on our automobiles so make sure everything is in good repair before we get into the winter months.

  • Check Antifreeze
  • Oil Change and Fluids
  • A Half Tank of Gas is and Empty Tank of Gas
  • Tires (and Spare)
  • Window Washer Fluid
  • Check the Battery
  • New Wiper Blades
  • Check Brakes

Emergency Car Kits

Emergency Car KitsMost of us spend at least an hour a day in our cars, and this is one place that we are the most vulnerable and don’t give it a second thought.

  • Jumper Cables
  • Portable Generator (9 in one power station) (HERE)
  • USB Solar Charger (HERE)
  • Car Jack – Do you have one?
  • Tools: Socket Set, Pliers, Screwdrivers etc. (HERE)
  • Folding Shovel (HERE)
  • Ice Scraper
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Cat Litter/Sand
  • Flashlight(s) and Batteries
  • First aid Kit (HERE)
  • Extra Clothes: Hat, Gloves, Coat, Shoes, Socks etc.
  • Wool Blanket
  • Hand Warmers
  • Solar Blanket
  • Sterno Fuel Canister
  • Rain Pancho
  • Chap stick
  • Sunglasses
  • Lighters/Fire Starter
  • Food and Water

6 in 1 Power Station (Portable Generator)

There is quite a few supplies that you need to make sure you are prepared for the colder months, but the odds are you have some of these supplies already. I use this worksheet to do inventory on my winter supplies. You can use that worksheet if you like, but even if you don’t, make sure and check the winter preparedness supplies you have and make sure you are good to go.

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Survival and being prepared should not only be a passion, it should be a lifestyle. The definition of a prepper is "An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances, without substantial resources from outside sources" Like the Government, police etc. I don't believe that the end of the world will be the "end of the world" I believe it will be the end of the world as we know it now. You can also find me on Google Plus and Twitter

    1 Response to "Winter Preparedness Tips for Preppers"

    • Old Alaskan

      Here where I live twice a year we change our tires. in the fall we put on studded winter tires on all 4 wheels of our vehicles even the ones without 4 wheel or all wheel drive. I also have a nylon tow strap for pulling people or me out of a snow bank. A roll of TP in a zip lock bag is also useful for many things.

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