Cold Weather Bug In Prep
Dr. John Woods 01.30.19
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
COLD WEATHER BUG IN PREP
Surviving really cold weather as a prepper is tough business. That is so even if you are caught inside during an ice and snow storm that literally shuts down your world outside. When temps outside drop below freezing, all sorts of things begin to happen. Pre-preparation for such conditions is paramount to survival.
An old woman was found frozen to death on her front porch in a poor part of town. There was no heat, no electricity, and no food in the house. Nobody thought to check on her for days once the blizzard hit. She had no transportation and could not escape. Her primary lifesaving medications had all given out. This is a true story from this winter.
So, how to survive the super cold temps when bugging in. First, prepare and practice ahead of time. Have or create a capability to generate some heat in your house or apartment even if the electricity goes south. Be careful of the fuel source so as not to create a problem with carbon monoxide. Made sure you can ventilate your living space as necessary.
Whether a wood burning stove or fireplace, gather everybody into that living space and camp out at home. Keep opening external doors to a minimum. Bring in plenty of warm clothes, blankets and pallets to make everyone as comfortable as possible.
Have a gas operated cooking source. Natural or propane gas is great. Even without electricity you can still cook hot meals and boil water for other uses. As to water, if pipes freeze up, then have a large supply of bottled water ready to drink and save up milk carton gallon jugs of water for washing, and flushing the toilet manually. Water will be essential. Food secondary.
Reduce all air drafts around the house, by sealing everything to the outside. Put towels at the bottom of exterior doors. Have supplies of plastic sheeting and plenty of duct tape for sealing windows. If security permits it, allow as much sunlight in as possible for the warming factor.
Have communication cell phones available and charging systems that can last a while, including solar panels designed to charge such equipment. You need to keep in touch with the outside world with AM/FM radios and even a small battery operated television.
Keep a good supply of batteries, candles, alternate lanterns, flashlights, and other such things to add comfort and security. Eat, drink and maintain activity to keep body heat generating. Most snow storms only last a short time, but surviving them can be an uncomfortable trial.