Hurricanes are Out, Winter Preparedness Is In

Hurricanes are Out, Winter Preparedness Is In

Hurricanes are Out, Winter Preparedness Is In

Hurricane season ended on Dec. 1, and here we are already talking about winter preparedness.

Yes, I know we don’t typically have harsh winters here. However, all it takes it one ice storm to make us wish we had put a plan into place to deal with cold and wet weather. If you didn’t already know, this week has been designated as South Carolina Winter Weather Preparedness Week.

Don’t panic! Just because we are already almost half way through the week, you still have time to participate and get your family prepared. 

Any amount of accumulated snow, ice and extreme cold can immobilize our entire area in a very short period. We simply just aren’t equipped to travel in weather that isn’t warm and sunny. 

Right now, the weather is still beautiful and winter supplies aren’t in high demand.  Today would be a great day to start putting a plan in place just in case Father Winter decides to send us a much-longed for white Christmas this year. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Create a winter household emergency kit.  Many of the items you packed away in your hurricane kit can be used. Flashlights, extra batteries water, snacks and medications are always good to have on hand.
  2. Insulate any exposed pipes and allow your faucets to drip a little on extra cold nights.
  3. Learn how to shut off your water valves in case a pipe burst.
  4. If you have a generator, get it prepared and be ready to use it according to the manufacture’s operating specifications. Never fuel or operate them inside.
  5. Keep an extra blanket or two in your car along with extra hats, socks and mittens to keep your little ones warm.

For many other useful ideas, get your complete winter weather guide. You can also get energy-saving tops for your home on our website. Being prepared is key to dealing with anything life Mother Nature and Father Winter might blow our way.

Author Jessica Yourko

Jessica Yourko

Jessica Yourko is Santee Cooper's CIS Business Analyst and has worked with Retail Operations since 2001. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 1997 with a bachelor's in marketing and received her MBA from Winthrop University in 2006. Jessica is proud native of Horry County. She lives in Myrtle Beach with her husband and two children. In her free time, you can find Jessica soaking up the sun while she works on some project that likely involves fabric, paint or a glue gun.