What do you need to be prepared for winter?
Winter is often one of the most disruptive times of the year. Weather begins to worsen, and temperatures begin to drop, which can lead to a wide range of issues for many people, especially for those who aren’t fully ready and prepared.
Ensuring you’re as ready as you can be for whatever winter brings your way is important so that you can stay safe and comfortable until it passes and things settle down. With that in mind, what do you need to be thoroughly prepared for winter?
Preparing your home
The winter period often brings with it harsher weather conditions that you should be ready for. A big part of being ready will be how well prepared your home is if the weather takes a turn for the worse and temperatures begin to plummet.
For example, one of the main things you should do is to check the insulation of your water pipes. Without insulation, prolonged colder temperatures could freeze up the pipes.
At a minimum, this will cut off your access to clean, safe tap water until they thaw. However, there’s also a risk these frozen pipes could burst, which could lead to flooding and water damage.
Staying warm during the winter months is vital. This is why it’s also useful to inspect your home and look for any ways you can lock heat in while keeping the cold out.
The main thing you should check will be if your loft insulation is still fit for purpose. You could also do a number of smaller checks and changes around the home, such as ensuring windows are tightly sealed and placing draft excluders around doors
Changes like this will help ensure you can stay warm through the colder periods. It can also be helpful to consider small, portable gas heaters in the case of a power cut.
Preparedness while on the move
In some cases, you might find yourself stuck on the roads. It might be that you’re evacuating to more suitable accommodation, such as a relative’s house, due to unexpected damage to your own home. It might be that you’re driving to stock up on further emergency supplies.
Whatever reason you have for being on the road, it can be hard to predict what might happen during the journey. The weather might take a sudden turn for the worse and cause severe traffic backlogs, or an accident might happen that’s linked to the hazardous driving conditions.
This is why it’s so important to ensure you’re also prepared during the times where you’re on the move. You can’t be sure if you’ll be waylaid, nor how long you’ll be waylaid for.
Consider putting together a winter car kit to keep in the boot of your car. In this, you’ll keep a range of things that can help you see through any disruption on the move. Think of things like:
- Blankets and jackets to keep warm
- Jump leads in case you break down
- Spare phone, battery packs or changers to contact someone in an emergency
- Food and drink for longer journeys or longer disruptions
Having an emergency kit like this prepared means that you’ll be better able to manage and see through any unexpected disruption safely while travelling.
Assessing your location
Some areas of the country can be more at risk than others during the winter. For example, if you live in a more isolated area, you might want to consider that it’ll be harder for aid to reach you in the event of an emergency, disaster, or injury.
You might live out in the countryside, or you might live on an island off the coast. In situations like this, you should think about how effectively you’ll be able to manage the colder, more extreme weather.
If you’re in a situation like this, it can be worth making sure you’ve got more than you strictly need in your emergency prep. Stock up on extra food, water and fuel than you usually would, and you’ll be better prepared for the weather suddenly turning worse.
This can be especially helpful if you can’t leave to get additional supplies or aid. Harsh weather might make roads unsafe, or turbulent weather cuts off access to ferries and bridges back to the mainland.
Helping you prepare for harsher weather during winter
Winter weather can turn on a moment’s notice, and it’s difficult to predict exactly how much disruption it can cause across the country when it does. Making sure you take the time to thoroughly prepare yourself and your home for the colder periods means you’ll be able to see through any disruption as safely as you can.
Your food stores will be a particularly important part of your winter prep. This is where Fuel Your Preparation can help. We provide a range of freeze-dried meals which can help ensure you have access to nutritious, tasty meals at any time. Our breakfasts, mains and desserts are:
- Easy to prepare – simply add water and wait for the meal to rehydrate
- Expertly cooked prior to being freeze-dried, ensuring they taste fantastic
- Freeze-dried to create a product with a lengthy shelf life. Each pouch lasts for 7 years, while tins last for 25
- Nutritious – bursting with the carbohydrates and protein you need to feel warm and full
With a wide range of meals and ingredients to choose from, we’re sure to provide you with exactly what you need to see through winter more comfortably.