Hurricane season is over, and we were blessed with fairly mild season compared to past years. But after hurricane season for many of us, that means that the next season can bring us a little, some or a whole lot of snow. Last year in upstate New York, they had so much snow it literally trapped people in their homes. If you think about it, that’s more than eight feet of snow! But that was in an area that is kind of used to extreme amounts of snow, so many people just took it in stride.
But blizzards for most of us are not something we take in stride. In many areas, just a prediction of snow has people running to the local grocery store buying every loaf of bread, gallon of milk and water as though they were in upstate New York and going to be trapped in their homes for a month. Naturally, in most places in the United States that doesn’t happen. It’s never more than a couple days in most areas where snow is usual.
However, there are some smart things you can do to prepare for heavy snow storms. A good pair of snow boots to shovel out is really important. Better yet, having teenage kids that will do it for you or a snow blower. Having some enough bottled water for drinking and cooking is a good idea as well. Having containers of water that you can use to flush your toilet if you lose power, for me, is an absolute necessity. If you have a gas stove, it’s unlikely you will be able to light the oven, but you can manually light the burners. This will allow you to cook and at least not freeze to death. Of course, for those people with fireplaces and wood burning stoves, they have no question how they will stay warm, and with a little ingenuity, they will even be able to cook as though everything is almost normal (if they lived in “Little House on the Prairie” world).
The type of snow we get can be the most important thing. The pretty, light, fluffy snow is easily shoveled, plowed, moved around as needed. It’s that wet, heavy snow we need to watch out for because that can cause the most damage. That’s the snow that rips trees out of the ground to land on your roof, needs to be cleaned off your roof (to keep it from collapsing your roof), and is back breaking heavy to move. It also turns to ice quicker than the fluffy stuff so you want to get it cleared up as quick as you can. Stock up on rock salt, but here’s an interesting little tidbit, regular table salt (in massive quantities of course) will also melt the ice. So when all the local Home Depot and everyone else runs out of rock salt, if you are desperate enough, you head to your local Sam’s Club and get a case or two of table salt.