Winter Survival Kits For Home and Car

With winter comes storms, blizzards, and freezing weather. There may not be a way to avoid the bad weather, but you can be prepared for it. Your budget may decide how much a family is able to prepare, but regardless of cost it is important to have some sort of emergency kit in case of not being able to leave the home for many days at a time, especially in very rural areas.

Survival Kits for the Home

A blizzard can make it impossible to leave the home for many days during the winter. Big storm can also knock down power lines which can take days to be fixed. Being prepared doesn’t have to be a big production. Find one spot in the home to keep an emergency kit and try to at least have the basics in it:

  • at least two flashlights with extra batteries
  • at least four tall long burning candles
  • extra firewood (if wood burning is possible)
  • extra gas for a generator (if applicable)
  • camp stove with extra propane (don’t use indoors)
  • canned foods and other non perishables that are easy to prepare
  • at least two gallons of water per person
  • a first aid kit
  • extra blankets or sleeping bags
  • an extra tarp in case of a broken window or bad leak
  • a battery powered radio

Survival Kit for the Car

Millions of people travel during the winter, and it is not uncommon for there to be an accident due to blocked roads or accidents. It happens often in rural areas, but it is not uncommon even on major highways. A broken down car far from help can be a nightmare, especially in a snow storm where it could take hours or days for help to arrive, but being caught unaware can lead to death. Some things that are needed in an emergency kit for a car are:

  • flashlights with extra batteries
  • road flares
  • protein bars or other non perishable foods
  • extra pair of warm clothes for each person in the vehicle
  • first aid kit
  • sharp knife
  • tool kit
  • sleeping bags or extra blankets
  • water proof matches
  • jumper cables

Hypothermia, wind chill and frost bite are very real possibilities during a winter storm when there is no heat source. It is important to stay as dry as possible, especially if you are stuck in a vehicle. Wear multiple layers of clothing to keep from getting too cold. If a person you are with appears to be suffering from hypothermia, wind chill or frost bite, make every effort to call emergency services.

Keep up with what is going on by checking a local or national weather channel. They should know a few days in advance if there is a storm approaching and will issue a warning. Winter weather preparedness is important and could mean the difference between life and death.