This is the latest post as part of a series related to “Homesteading in the Winter.”
Much like last week, we don’t have a lot to share on this topic. Where we live, winter just isn’t that severe. However, we will take a moment to share our thoughts on some of the basics. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.
For any emergency, you want to make sure you have adequate food and water. Having canned food from your own garden is wonderful, you can also buy and keep store-bought stuff in the rotation just as well. It is also important to make sure you have plenty of water on hand.
Growing up in Florida, if we knew a storm was coming, we would always fill the bathtub with water. Not to bathe ourselves, but to know that we had a bathtub full of clean water to drink and cook with (and potentially flush toilets with) if the city water supply went out or became contaminated. (Having water decontamination tablets can be handy, too.)
If you’re like many people who have not planned for an emergency, here are some options you may want to consider for food to have on-hand for an emergency.
The Probar Meal Bars are gluten-free and soy-free. The variety pack provides 390 calories per bar and are a mix of natural ingredients to give you quick energy including organic oats, organic nuts, and organic seeds.
These energy bars from S.O.S. Food Lab, Inc. have a 4-5 year shelf life. They come in a variety of fruity flavors like cherry, tropical fruit, lemon, blueberry, raspberry, and orange. Each bar provides 400 calories.
This pail of pre-packaged food from Augason has enough food for one person for an entire month. The 8.5-gallon bucket is easy to carry, watertight, and has a shelf life of up to 25 years.
This is a twin-pack of 50 water purification tablets from Potable Aqua. These are great for hiking, camping, and international travel but are also good for emergencies at home.
This water filter from LifeStraw will filter up to 1,000 gallons f water without using iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals. It does not require batteries and has no moving parts. It comes in a sealed bag so it can be stored with other prepper gear.
Another concern is having the power go out. This can affect your ability to heat your home and to see at night. Many things to have on hand include:
- generator (if possible)
- small camp stove with fuel
- best converter for your RV
In this same genre, it is probably a good idea to fuel up all your vehicles before a strong winter storm hits.
You get six candles that will remain lit for 35 hours unless you blow them out. The candles are made with lead-free 100% cotton wicks. They come individually wrapped in a cardboard box to ensure they arrive undamaged.
There are 12 unscented candles in this set from BOLSIUS. Each candle will burn for 16 hours. They are perfect for weddings or to keep on hand for emergencies.
This generator from DuroMax can be powered by either gas or propane. It has 12,000 start watts and 9,500 running watts meaning it can run lights, refrigerators, home air conditioners, and high amperage power tools. It has an 8.5 gallon fuel tank.
This Briggs & Stratton generator has a 1 gallon fuel tank that will run for 8 hours of continuous operation at 25 percent load. It has a USB port for charging electronics.
Making sure you have copies of your valuable paperwork (birth certificate, social security card, etc.) is important. It is also important to know how you will secure valuables in case you need to leave your home.
Last, but certainly not least, it is important for your family to have a plan! Where will you go if a storm hits? Will you ride it out? What will you do with your animals? How will you secure their quarters? Who are your emergency contacts?
What else? What did we miss? We know there are plenty of you preppers out there! Get this warm-living, city-slicker up to speed!