So a little back story about how a winter storm works. Winter storms develop when different temperatures and moisture levels mix in the air. This results in rain but during the winter time when the temperatures drop, it turns into snow.
In lieu of the recent snow storm that took place in Buffalo NY, it happened as a result of lake-effect snow. For there to be lake effect snow, there needs to be cold winds that line up with each other in height and then it needs to be blowing over open water with a surface area temperature of at least 13 degrees Celsius warmer than the air 1 ,500 meters above it. Eventually the rain that is produced will freeze in the cold air and as it keeps moving the cold air continues to collect more moisture from the lake and once it hits land, it will turn into a lake-effect snow storm!
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So anyone who lives near a body of water should definitely be prepared for the next time there’s a storm. For those who are not, maybe take these tips into consideration because these can be used in any power outage situations. Most of these tips require a bit of prep work, so don’t wait until a storm story is being featured on your daily news to start prepping for the storm
1. Stock up on food
This should be a no brainer, but stocking up on food should be on the priority list. Keep a couple containers of pre-made foods in the freezer. If the power goes off, you’ll be able to have a couple of meals before you are left on your own. Also, keeping a couple of canned foods will prove to be helpful. Most of these canned foods are already fully cooked, so you just need to open it with a manual can opener and heat it up on a butane gas stove. Keep in mind, if you so happen to lose power start getting rid of all your perishable foods that are in your fridge. Start making salads and sandwiches to start clearing out your fridge.
2. Get a butane gas stove
These portable stoves are a life saver. Hit up a local home store and pick up one of these wireless stoves to use when the power is gone. These are usually purchased for camping but you can also use these for an emergency. What’s great about these stoves is that they are portable and they don’t require electricity for it to work. They are also very inexpensive so you don’t have to worry about a huge investment. It is powered by a butane gas, and each canister is sold separately from the stove and lasts for about 3 hours each!
3. Flashlights are your friend, but so are batteries
Whenever there is a power outage, before you reach for your flashlight, ask yourself if you have batteries. Batteries can help you in a multitude of reasons. They can be used in flashlights, radios and even keeping your cell phones charged. Last thing you want is to be without cell phone service. Keep an external battery pack fully charged for those emergencies. Always keep a couple of packages of batteries so that you’ll be ready for any given situation.
4. Invest in a generator for your home
For those who really cannot live without technology, invest in a home generator. It is a large investment for your home because it can cost a minimum of $3,000 to $20,000 depending on how much power you need. Since this is a pretty penny, take a look at the how the people from Popular Mechanics explain generators and see if getting one is right for you.
5. Set up an emergency kit
People that are prepared to brace the storm, usually have a plan to kick start their survival. Keeping a box full of emergency items like batteries, extra blankets, candles, lighters, mittens, and hats will prove to be useful for when you are scrambling to find your survival essentials. Always keep it fully stocked and never use it unless you are in a dire situation. Plus, it will give you a piece of mind for when you actually prepare for a winter storm.
6. Buy cases of water
Number 1 key to survival is keeping hydrated. So you should always keep a couple of cases on hand that will last you a few days. You should have enough water for two weeks or at least 1 gallon per person, per day.
7. Turn off your water mains
Not only will you need to survive, but then your house does as well. Always make sure that if there is a snow storm and a power outage, you should turn off all your water mains. Then you release the water that is circulating in the tubes and you won’t damage your house when the power is back on.
What’s your survival tips for a winter storm?
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