Cold Weather Safety: Family Fall & Winter Prep

It’s that time of year again. It seems to have come a little earlier this year. It’s time to prepare yourself and your family for winter. Cold weather can be deadly. It is important to be prepared before you get a winter storm warning and before the temperature plummets.

Exposure to cold can lead to frostbite, hypothermia and death. It is important to be prepared for situations where you may become trapped in your home, stranded outside your home or without electricity and/or heat during a winter storm.

Do you and your family have a plan of communication should you be separated during a winter storm? Communication plans are important. Everyone should know who to call or where to meet should you become separated. Set up a plan to meet somewhere once the storm conditions calm down or have a number or email address that everyone knows so that you can check in should you become separated.

Be sure to stay abreast of the weather on a daily basis and pay attention to weather advisories. Become familiar with weather advisory vocabulary. It is important to know the difference between a winter storm advisory, which is winter weather that presents a hazard, as opposed to a winter storm warning, which means a storm is occurring or will occur within 36 hours.

Some things to consider when making winter preparations:

 Home

Be sure that you have your home stocked with water, food and blankets before a winter advisory or warning is issued. We have all done the mad dash to the supermarket when a storm warning comes and seeing the empty shelves. Prepping for a storm now will help ease some of the stress of an impending storm. Your kit should also include a shovel, rock salt (or sand or kitty litter), a battery powered radio (don’t forget the batteries), prescription medication (be sure to keep you refills up to date), items for children, first aid kit, a fire extinguisher and pet food.

 Heat

Do you know how you will heat your home if your main heat source goes out? Safety should be a top priority when developing a plan to heat your home. When you are planning, make sure you have enough blankets for everyone in your home. Remember that using the oven to heat your home can cause carbon monoxide poisoning and is generally not considered to be a good practice. Space heaters are a good alternative if your main heat source is inadequate or for some reason does not work but safety precautions must be taken when using them. It is important to check the plugs and sockets to ensure that there is no damage. Never leave the heaters on in an unattended room.

 Clothing

As a safety precaution during the winter, it is also a good idea to dress in layers. If you are stuck outside in a storm, having on layers that are able to be taken off if they get wet and still be dressed adequately for the cold is a good idea. Wearing water repellant footwear and a water repellant hooded coat when going out will help prevent wetness on your clothing, which can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. Wearing a hat and having a scarf to cover your mouth and face are also great to keep warm when you are out in the elements. These tips may seem obvious, but you have seen many time people who are inadequately dressed because they didn’t realize it would be this cold.

 Communication

Battery powered radios (including two-way radios) in your home and on your person when going out will help keep you informed should you become stranded during a storm. If there is an emergency and the power goes out, a battery powered radio will help hear weather announcements and other news events.

 Vehicle

Don’t forget to prep your vehicle. It is important to keep winter items in your car in case you get stuck in your car during a storm. Some items for a vehicle kit include, energy bars, water, blankets, flashlights, first-aid kits, tissues, battery booster cables, maps, a compass, shovel (entrenching tool), and flattened cardboard boxes or panels to be used for wheel traction when stuck in the snow.

Remember to drive safely when you are out in a storm. Ice and snow are beautiful to look at and fun to play in with family and friends but can turn deadly in an instant. A few preparations made before the storm hits can keep you and your family safe. Enjoy the winter season and remember to watch out for the dangerous black, black ice!

 

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Introducing: Preptobismom

I was going to jump right in with a prepping post but as I began to compile information and sources, I thought that maybe it would be best to begin with an introductory post. As an introduction, I am the BlackPrepper’s wife and a mother. As a mother and wife, preparing is an everyday task. Keeping the household organized so it can function occurs daily. Emergency preparation should not be an afterthought though.  

With this section of the BlackPrepper blog, I hope to bring prepping from a family angle to the blog and BlackPrepper community. I’ll blog about prepping for emergencies as well as other topics of interest to me, such as the benefits of baby wearing and breastfeeding, especially in an emergency situation. I hope to take general prepper talk and focus in on how it effects those with children (regardless of age). 

Prepping shouldn’t be something that is done only when there is some sort of weather warning in your area. Prepping is a way of life. Whatever you do, you should be prepared. 

I will cite sources for information I find around the internet so you can further research topics that interest you. It is only by the sharing of information that we grow.  

I am a busy working mother and wife so there won’t be a post everyday but when there is a post, I invite feedback – good and bad. I promise to be respectful of all opinions and in return expect the same. But keep in mind that respect is mandatory and trolls will not be entertained.  

Feel free to post on our Facebook page, tweet us on the main page at @Blackpreppers or me directly at @preptobismom or shoot me an email at [email protected]. I look forward to our discussions and to help build this community of preppers sharing information and experiences.  

Preptobismom 

Twitter: @preptobismom 

Email: [email protected] 

 

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No Need to Panic, S didn’t HTF

With the recent report of an Ebola infected patient surfacing in the US, there is widespread panic. How many people did this person infect? How did they enter the US without anyone knowing? Is this the plague we’ve been waiting for to validate why we are preppers? In the vein of the popular memes, I’ll say, “Keep Calm, You’re Not Going to Get Ebola.”

There is a lot of misinformation and fear mongering when it comes to Ebola. There are many ways of contracting it and they all include bodily fluid contact. Ebola is transmitted through bodily fluids when symptoms are present. Period. Simply being in the same room or plane is not enough to be infected. Transmission occurs from direct or close contact with an infected patient’s bodily fluids when they are exhibiting symptoms. It can also be transmitted from contact with a surface that is contaminated, which is why it is important to wash hands regularly and not touch your eyes, mouth and nose after touching public surfaces.

Washing hands is the single most effective preventative method, as well as using alcohol based hand sanitizer. In most cases, Ebola was contracted when providing care to those who were infected. It’s best to listen to information presented by institutions that have been studying and following Ebola as well as other viruses for decades. Conspiracy theories and misinformation only create unnecessary panic and will lead to distrust of facts. As preppers, knowledge and accurate information is key to survival. Prepping based on misinformation will ultimately lead to death.

Want to know more about Ebola from an authority that has been looking at it for years? WHO – Ebola Disease Virus