Surviving Cold Weather in Your Own Home

LoriAnne Hancock By LoriAnne Hancock, 5th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Being from Idaho and Montana, I feel qualified to help you survive a cold weather blast. Being in the cold is like being in a natural disaster. You may have to make some quick and major changes to stay warm, but you will stay warm. Now, if the electricity goes out...

The Cold is Coming, The Cold is Coming

The cold wants you. It has fingers and they pry at places in your home and try try try to get inside. The warm molecules want to stay with each other. With this in mind, there are two rooms in your home that need to be warm at all times, your kitchen and bathroom. Why? Because that is where the pipes are and you don't want your water lines freezing up. I am going to suggest some drastic measures to keep you and your family warm during the cold snap. Listen up and be comfortable, OK?

Move into the Kitchen

I'm telling you, right now, that if you move your family into the kitchen and dining room area, or whatever area you can literally 'close off' with sheets and blankets and plastic, yeah, like a fort. Get out the sleeping bags and move the chairs around and get everyone comfortable in the 'warm room'. You all can survive anything if you can get warm and there will be the warm kitchen with kitchen smells a cookin' and the bathroom (remember, that's where the pipes are). Pretend you're moving into a New York studio or an RV, it'll be fun! Close off ALL rooms with an extra piece of fabric over the closed door - cold has an easier time navigating wood than fabric for some reason.

Prepare for Electrical Outages

If you have a wood stove, it should be cranking unless you are saving it for an emergency supply. Get that wood in the house and make sure it is dry and ready to go. If you don't have wood, you will want to make arrangements with someone who heats or supplementally heats that way and ask if you and your family and pets can come over and sleep there. Call while the calling is good.

Cook up your food. It will be a lot easier to eat if you do. If the electricity goes out there will be no cooking. If it's canned food you end up with make sure your can opener is not an electric one. Open that freezer and get that turkey in the oven - it will sustain you and your family for days or weeks and can be kept cold in one of your closed off rooms.

Electrical Outage Shopping List

LED Headlamps for the whole family.
Propane cookstove with a couple extra bottles.
Plug in Phone (not walk around)

When things Warm Up Again

When things warm up again you can move out of the kitchen and back into the rest of the house. The memories of the huddle in the cold will remain. Stay warm people.


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Avid student of the human condition who believes we will triumph in the end by caring for ourselves, all life and our planet as if all were precious.

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author avatar Rose*
18th Apr 2014 (#)

Get some thermal socks and thermal underwear - they really do help keep you warm.

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