I know what you’re thinking. It’s February in the Philadelphia area and we’ve barely seen snow. Well folks, the way they talked about the last appearance of snow, I thought we would have a nice 4 day weekend. So is it my fault or mother nature’s? Let’s blame the middle man instead and move into this non-exhaustive list. In the event of a true snow day or a really messy ice storm, I wanted to share some tips to make sure you and your family are covered. Keep on reading:
1. The first time you hear the weather forecast hint at snow get those essentials. Like mama says: eggs, milk, and butter/bread because you can’t go wrong with those ingredients. I would also like to add flour, oil, and sugar. Sorry it’s the baker in me.
2. Fuel up your transportation on your way home from work. However you like to get around will be crucial if their is an emergency like power loss or a deep freeze. You don’t want to be stranded on your own in the elements.
3. Electronic components are a good idea to have, especially with the babes. (I must note, ours have been doing a good job of entertaining themselves lately without.) With the gadgets out today, be sure to charge your back up your portable chargers, flashlights, solar panels, etc.
4. Keep layers of clothing at hand if there is a heating problem. This happened to us last year and was very scary with a newborn. Thank God for fleece jammies and extra thick comforters. Body warmth will also help if you get together with the family in one bed under the comforter, you won’t even know the difference. (Our kids try to practice this on a weekly basis, until the cat tries to join and then the fun is over!)
5. Shovel a few times throughout the day. It’s a necessity that you don’t blow your back out shoveling too much at once. Look for a lull in the snowfall and dash for your chance to clear a path for yourself of neighbors, but DON’T overdue it. The last thing you want is a visit to the emergency room on a snow day. I actually heard they’re usually filled with people for this very reason.