Preparedness / Winter Weather … is coming!

Soooo after the 2021 Snow-Apocalypse in Texas, I decided to share some “things” I learned, some “things” I have added to the list to buy … soooo that hopefully any future “Texas-Sized” Winter Storms are no problem! I know lots of my friends live in northern states where Snow and Super-Cold Winters are normal … but just to put it in perspective, we often get to mid-December still wearing shorts and flip-flops!

 

 

 

I remember during the storm jotting down a list of: (1) things I realized I should have done (2) things I should have purchased or (3) things I wanted to do “in the future”.

I also remember being grateful that we never lost power, but our water heater (in our attic!) did burst and led to a mini house remodel!

Soooo that entire week, we did not have Hot Water and our Septic Lines were frozen … soooo we used water VERY carefully for 7 days!

Outside: To-Do

  • Animal Feed to Stock (Chickens, Rabbits, Dogs)
  • cover Outdoor Hose Faucets
  • empty Septic Tank
  • turn off Septic Pump Motor (so it doesn’t burn out, trying to pump out.)
  • move Chicken Coops close to the house
  • clean/prep small waterers for animals
  • stock firewood & starters (move some close to the house)
  • propane, stove, table to back porch/deck

 

Inside: To-Do

  • do all laundry, bedding and towels
  • Flannel: sheets & pajamas
  • run dishwasher
  • charge phones & computers
  • charge batteries for flashlights
  • buy: groceries, hot choc/tea/coffee/drinks
  • open cabinets & drip faucets
  • move Indoor Propane Heater & Propane tank inside
  • move Propane Water Heater & Propane tank (to back porch/deck)
  • lights “on” in attic & buddy heater on near water heater (we moved it to the garage in the remodel)
  • gather: Tent, Sleeping Bags, Blankets, Bedding
  • Hats, Gloves, Fleece Pants, Boots & coveralls for barn work
  • switch to “Emer. Heat” on Heater and set to 58-64
  • full bathtub for flushing toilets
  • fill Berkey and water storage for drinking
  • Food: Pre-Make Breakfast Cereal (Hot), Muffins, Soup for Lunches, Biscuits/Cornbread and Dinner for 3-5 days of Food
  • Make Boiling Water and Coffee, every night (store in Thermos!) … just in case!
  • Put a Little Flashlight by everyone’s bed
  • Gather Games and Fun stuff!

 

Buy-To Get Things:

  • Propane Stove/Oven (Coleman, Camp Chef)
  • Rocket Stove
  • Percolator Coffee Maker or Pour-Over
  • Propane: Extras (refill 20# canisters)
  • Gas (for generator)
  • Little Flashlights for bedrooms
  • Tent (for camping or indoor if needed)
  • 4 Sleeping Bags (for camping or warmth)
  • Flannel or Fleece Shirts/Zip-ups
  • Indoor Propane Heater
  • Silver Survival Sheets
  • Duct Tape (to close off rooms) or Blue Painters Tape
  • Paper: Plates, Bowls & Silverware
  • 2, 1-gallon Stanley/Yetis for pre-made boiling water and coffee
  • Sterilization Tabs (for drinking water or rinsing dishes)
  • 2, 5-gallon buckets & bricks (septic covers)
  • generator: propane/gas or solar (and inverter)
  • solar power cell (4patriots) for charging phones/computers
  • 3 hose bib covers
  • water bob or water bricks for water storage

Feel free to chime in, What am I missing?

Tip: A Super fun thing to do with kids is to talk about ALL the ways you have to Cook food or Heat water!

I know LOTS of people don’t even know where to start. Here is a book I really like, why? Well, because Preparedness is MORE than just “food” … soooo much more! This book breaks it down into manageable steps, here’s a link for you = > https://amzn.to/3coS7j7

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