The weather man is threatening 5-6 inches of snow then freezing rain on top. Jeez Louise. Yeah, I’m not happy about that. But that’s what prayer is for. No worries! However, no one likes to be caught unprepared. Try these things (if they apply to you) to get your family ready.
1. Make sure everyone takes a bath 3-6 hours before bad weather arrives. Nothing like a cold shower to make reality hit! And there’s nothing that will make you turn on a person like staying in close quarters for days with someone who has gag inducing b.o. Warm up the towels in the dryer or in front of the fireplace for a toasty treat when they get out!
2. Take all the trash out. If you’re snowed/iced in, do you really want to be stuck with that stuff in the house? If you’re like us and have a garage, stash the bags in there if you get snowed in. It’s better to avoid busting your buns slipping and sliding on ice.
3. Charge up all of your devices-EVEN THE ONES THAT DON’T HAVE SERVICE. Why? Because the alarm, calendar and all other basic functions will still work as long as they’re charged. You can use that annoyingly bright screen as a flashlight in a pinch, too. Use it as an alarm clock & anything else that will work instead of using juice from your current phone!
4. Charge your devices in your car if the power goes out. Yuuuuup! That goes for tablets, too. Some of y’all have made your kids game junkies. Wanna be stuck with your kid for 2-3 hours (of God forbid, days!!!) without them getting their fix of Candy Crush? I don’t think so. Oh and a little piece of advice: don’t waste battery posting on social media. You may need that juice later. Also, we’re probably not looking. Just sayin’.
5. Make an emergency kit with the essentials: flashlights, candles, matches, lighters, batteries, etc. Make sure everyone knows where it is. Be sure to have backup batteries for the batteries. If your kids are like mine, they steal (swap out) the good batteries and put the jacked up ones in the battery drawer. Which is why I wrote the book, How NOT To Kill Your Kids Before They Turn 18. Good stuff in there. Go check it out.
6. Pre-stock your kids’ rooms with extra blankets. Not to mention those jersey sheets you stowed away this past summer. They’ll make you sweat like a mule in the wrong season, but it’s time to pull those bad boys out! Pull out those thermals, long johns, fuzzy socks, etc. while you’re at it.
7. Teach your children about layering. Undershirt, t-shirt, long sleeved t-shirt, vest, puffy coat. Whatever is necessary to keep that core temperature at the proper level. You can even layer gloves and hats. Nothing is warmer than my satin sleep bonnet under my knit cap. Mmm-mmm-toasty!
8. Check everyone’s snot. Yeah, I know you didn’t see that one coming! I have everyone cough, blowtheir nose, show me their teeth, everything. No way are we going to be stuck and not have the right meds. Clear snot is tolerable, but any other color can be a sign of infection. Stock up on OJ (incidentally, Harris Teeter has a gallon of oj on sale for $2.50!!!-it expires around 1/28/16 or so, so I’m sorry if you see this post after that), tissues, toilet paper, chest rub, decongestants, ibuprophen, epsom/sea salt (soaks can detox the body and pull out fevers), and lots of fiber. My mom, who was premed, taught me that a bulk of illnesses are caused by a dirty colon. Don’t sneeze around that woman. She’d give you a laxative (or other poop causing agent), stat!
9. Think outside the box. We’ve set up a breakfast station with our coffee pot as the main attraction. Did you know you could boil an egg in that thing? We have already put the hot breakfast cereals & drinks there for a quick way to fill up and stay warm in the tummy.
10. Enjoy it. Prep so that you’re not looking like a lunatic in front of your kids. You don’t want them to be afraid, you want them to have what they may need. Make a game out of getting these items ready. Who doesn’t like a scavenger hunt? Play some crazy action theme music to get them in the mood. Try some new recipes (if you know your power is prone to go out, precook as much as possible-nothing like a fridge full of inedible food to create a hostile situation!) Do some planning. Finish some projects. Call some sick and shut ins and check up on them. Call a long needed family meeting. You’ve got a hostage audience, right? Just don’t get too radical. You don’t want them to turn on you! You’ve got limited exit options!! So have a good time making the best out of this situation. Get those fuzzy jammies, toasty toe socks and rustle up those fluffy robes. Grab some movies & hot chocolate and ride this thing out in style.
I hope something on this list helped you & I pray the best for you during winter weather and any other time too! Let me know what crazy things you do to prep for the storms below.