How To Survive a Minnesota Winter, Part 2

Last week I talked about how to survive a Minnesota winter by keeping your vehicle stocked with items you might need should you find yourself stranded or in an accident. This week I want to touch on things you should do for your home to help get you through any emergencies during a snow or ice storm.

Probably one of the most important items to have for your home is a back-up generator. Yes, not only do you need them during Hurricanes, but you need them for ice storms, too. A generator can help keep your perishable items cold for a little bit longer, or run a space heater to keep your feet warm. Just remember to read the instructions on proper installation and keep generators outside.

Should your electricity go out due to ice on the power lines, call your local power company’s emergency line to report the outage. Keep the following items available as well:

  • flashlights (battery powered)
  • radio (battery powered)
  • extra batteries
  • bottled water
  • coolers for perishables
  • ice
  • blankets, coats, hats, mittens
  • land line phone (non-battery / non-electric)

After the storm, don’t forget to inspect the roof for possible ice-dam build up and remove any seen. Ice-dams can cause water to back up under your roof and into your home, a mess no one wants.

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