The (Lesser-Known) Essential Winter Emergency Checklist


If you’ve checked out our Winter Prep guide, you’re already ahead of the curve! But, of course, your property isn’t the only thing you have to look out for when the cold weather hits.

What about your home? Your family? Or your rumbling tummy when the power goes out and the food from your freezer spoils?

Winter preparedness guides are everywhere – in fact, Cook Portable Warehouses has it’s own Home Emergency Preparedness Guide right here – but we wanted to add a few extras. The items that keep you happy, as well as healthy and warm; the items that turn ‘surviving’ into ‘flourishing.’

For example:

  • Peanut butter, dry milk & snack foods are a must. Why? Because they don’t really go bad. Stocking up can mean the difference between going to bed hungry or sleeping with a smile on your face. Plus, if you are snowed in or the power goes out, these foods will be relatively simple ways of mixing up the can-food-only diet you’ve probably been living on thus far.
  • Hand warmers are an awesome addition to any cold-weather preppers pack. They’re easy to pack away and a good substitute for gloves if gloves are a limited resource in your home.
  • You know what is never a bad thing to have laying around? A literal mountain of toilet paper. We’re not going to go into why exactly…just keep it stocked.
  • Whether you’re a cat owner or not, a bag of kitty litter is perfect for cleaning up ice and snow outside. If your sidewalk or driveway is getting a little too slick, cat litter is a great substitute for salt.
  • A french press or a camping coffee pot with a healthy stock of coffee grounds will make your mornings a little more bearable. Of course, you probably won’t be making a double shot Americano with cream anytime soon, but it can soothe the caffeine cravings in the meantime.
  • Duct tape. You just never know when you’ll need the stuff.
  • Since you never know when the power will go out, don’t expect to always have Facebook or Netflix to keep you distracted. A deck of cards or your family’s favorite board games can be a lifesaver when you’re getting stir crazy from sitting around at home all day.
  • Books! Yes, the kind with words and pages, not in digital form… TV may be out of the question, so get back to the basics!

Need a full emergency preparedness list? Download our helpful guide below.