Winter is Coming: Here's What You Need to Know

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The first cold front of winter has arrived.

After spending 2 1/2 years living in a tropical climate, I'm incredibly thrilled to be spending this winter in a place that's cold. There's just one problem: our furnace isn't working.

As we wait for the repairman to arrive, I've got a couple of thoughts running through my head about prepping for winter. Obviously, I'm a little behind on winter preps. After all, I didn't realize the furnace was going to give me trouble until it was too late. Luckily, I am a prepper, and spending a night or two without heat hasn't been a problem.

Here's why.

I plan to not have electricity. 
When I prep, I don't necessarily follow a list or guideline developed by another writer. Don't get me wrong: having information from other preppers and writers is absolutely fantastic, but lists are just general ideas. Each family is completely different and each family's circumstances are different. Because of this, the way each person preps is going to vary.

One of the first things I think about when I'm planning how to prep for each season is, What if I don't have electricity? Many preppers plan activities to do if they're stuck at home, but not everyone thinks about how they'll manage without a microwave, without a computer, without a stove. When I'm planning how I'll prepare for winter, I aim to figure out ways to eat that don't require electricity. I find ways to get around my house without lights. I even figure out how we'll stay warm without the furnace.

I plan to not have a car.
Although I do have regular access to transportation, this could change at any time. All it takes is one misplaced tree branch to put an end to driving, so when I'm prepping, I plan to be stuck on foot. When it comes to winter prepping, this means that each person in my family has warm winter gear available. If there's an emergency, there won't be time for one last trip to the store. We also keep sturdy backpacks available in case we need to evacuate the area quickly.

I plan to use what I have available.
Finally, I plan to make use of what I have on hand. This means I keep a well-stocked pantry, but it also means I use that pantry. I don't buy random cans of veggies because they're on sale. When I buy something, I learn how to cook it and use it. Ideally, I'll learn several recipes for each product I purchase. I also plan to have easy snacks and meals available that don't require heat or cooking in case we do lose electricity.

When you plan how you'll prep for winter, it's important that you consider your personal lifestyle, as well as how you'll take care of your family if the things you normally rely on (like electricity and your car) are no longer available. Something as simple as keeping extra blankets on hand can make a huge difference in how your family handles a power-outage.

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