We’ve all been there -- dark, egg-shaped clouds gathering on the horizon. Meteorologists calling for the worst. Milk and bread shortages everywhere.

Preparing for a wintry mix should be a yearly routine for homeowners. We’ve gathered a short list of “must-do” items to ensure you’re not left out in the cold.

Make sure your home is stocked with emergency supplies

We want to look out for our customers, and the #1 overlooked item on our list is truly the bare necessities. Sure, you might have bread in the cupboard and milk in the fridge, but what about first aid or backup batteries? Here’s a checklist of supplies every home should have when it comes to winter weather:

  • Rock salt

  • Snow shovel

  • First-aid kit

  • Flashlight

  • Backup batteries

  • Hand radio

  • Warm clothing and boots

  • Canned goods (or other nonperishable foods)

 

Have a plan

Take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and ask each family member if they know what to do if a winter storm threatens the area. Does everyone know the plan? How will you contact one another? In case of emergency, what do you do? Developing this plan is easier than planning for a family dinner. Take a moment and make sure everyone is in the loop.

Winterize your home

Poor planning could leave your home susceptible to a home invasion by Jack Forst. Here are a few important things to remember:

  • Check your insulation, caulking, and windows.

  • How is your heating equipment? If you can’t remember the last time you had a maintenance check, it’s probably time for one.

  • Don’t let your pipes freeze! Insulate and leave a drip running to prevent major repair bills from burst pipes.

  • How’s your roof? Snow accumulation can put unusual amounts of pressure on roofing tiles, and a single weak spot could spell bad news.

Do you have any additional tips for winter storm preparations? Reach out to us on Facebook and let us know your strategy!