Here in the Twin Cities area, only snow birds laugh in the face of winter.  They can afford to.  For the rest of us, it’s all about preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

Which begs the question:  just how prepared are you for pounding and potentially crippling storms?  Not sure?  Then here’s a handy little checklist of items you’ll want to keep handy to help your beef up your state of readiness:

  • A supply of rock salt or a more environmentally friendly product to melt ice on sidewalks and pathways leading up to your front door.
  • A bag or bucket of sand to improve traction for your car.
  • Ice scrapers and brushes for each card, and maybe an extra should one break or magically disappear.
  • Snow shovels, even if you rely on a service or neighborhood teen to clear your snow – just in case they can’t make it to your home for any reason and they have no one to fill in for them.
  • Plenty of gasoline for your snow blower.
  • Plenty of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Extra blankets and warm clothing should you lose power.
  • Flashlights and extra batteries in case of a power outage. You might also consider getting a battery powered radio so you can stay up to date on the storm.
  • An adequate supply of bottled water and some non-perishable food items (don’t forget some for your pets, too).

And just for good measure:

  • Develop and practice a family emergency plan in case you’re not all together when severe weather strikes. Decide on how you will contact with one another or who to call, where you will meet up, and what to do in case of an emergency.
  • During a storm, don’t travel unless you must. And be sure to have an emergency kit in your car that includes sand, a shovel, flashlights, extra batteries, and plenty of warm blankets.
  • Bring pets inside and move other animals or livestock into areas that are sheltered from the storm. Provide them with fresh drinking water.

Here’s another great way to keep winter at bay, at least indoors:  and that’s with heating system preventative maintenance from Furnace Doctors.  Our service is designed to help keep your furnace in top working order and prevent avoidable repair issues.  With annual system maintenance, we can also help reduce your home heating costs.  Contact Furnace Doctors today, your local home heating professionals.

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EaganInver Grove HeightsLittle CanadaMaplewoodOakdaleRosevilleShoreviewVadnais HeightsWhite Bear LakeWoodbury