Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Preparing for fall
Be sure your emergency radio is fully charged including its internal batteries.
Be sure you have all sizes of needed fresh batteries for all emergency devices: lanterns, radios, flashlights, etc.
Be sure you have a full tank or tanks of propane for your back-up portable heater.
Be sure you have a full fresh water tank and bottled water (at least one gallon per person per day for drinking).
Be sure you have a full propane tank in your RV.
Be sure each person has enough food for at least one week (dehydrated is best or canned soups and stews). Check the expiration dates.
Be sure each person has enough medication for at least one week.
Be sure each person has enough clothing including jackets and hats for one week.
Be sure your pets have enough food for one week.
Be sure your bedding is clean and ready for use, including sleeping bags and linens.
Be sure your cell phone can be charged with a 12 volt connection or plugged into an inverter.
Check your roof and seams for any potential leaks, and caulk if necessary.
Check your house batteries and generator.
I know--it's August and I'm nagging you already.
But having been through this for several winters and helping others who were unprepared, I thought I would remind you now.