Fall is Upon Us- Are You Ready to Gear up for Cold Weather Survival?

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Fall is Upon Us-  Are You Ready to Gear up for Cold Weather Survival?

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It’s a good time to start thinking about cold weather survival as the days start to get shorter and temperatures begin to drop.  Winter will be upon us before you know it, and it’s important to start preparing now so that you will be ready to face the challenges that cold weather brings.  Let’s take a quick look at some things that we can start doing now in order to avoid waiting until the last minute, or forgetting altogether.

Check Your Survival Kits

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Hopefully, you’ve modified your survival kits and bug out bags for summer emergencies, and now is the time to make changes to prepare for the fall and winter.  Replace hot weather clothing with warmer, bulkier items, and consider adding heat packs or portable heaters to keep warm if you are forced to leave the safety of your home during a crisis.  Consider adding some wool socks and mittens along with gloves.  Mittens keep hands warmer by keeping fingers together, and wool socks provide warmth while also allowing the feet to breathe.   Also give some thought to adding a wool or Mylar blanket as both are excellent choices in terms of providing excellent thermal protection.  Remember the importance of wearing layers of clothing to keep warm, and adjust your survival wardrobe accordingly.

Additionally, it’s important to take time and make sure that all of your gear is working properly.  Test them out, check that your batteries are fully-charged and that all of your supplies are in good condition. Add or replace items as needed in order to ensure that everything is ready to go if and when you face a crisis.  This is also a good time to swap out your emergency food supplies for fresher options, particularly if they’ve been sitting in your bags for the past six months.  Whether or not you will need to do this depends on the products you are using, but it’s worth double-checking just to be on the safe side. 

Check Your Stockpile

You also want to go through your food items and emergency supplies that you have stocked in the home as well.  This is a good time to ensure that you’ve rotated out older products and replaced them with newer items.  You should also check things like batteries as well as the condition of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  If you have a fireplace, make sure that it doesn’t need to be cleaned and that the vent is working properly.  All in all, you just want to ensure that you are minimizing risk while keeping your resources in optimal condition for the cold weather season. 

Check Your Vehicle

One of the last things that you want to deal with during the winter is a breakdown, whether in the city or in the middle of nowhere.  Aside from making sure that your vehicle survival kit is adapted for the cold weather months, and that everything is working, you also want to check the condition of your vehicle.  Address any mechanical issues that need attention now, and don’t forget to inspect the little things as well.  Run the heater to make sure it’s blowing hot air.  Check your windshield wipers and make sure that they squirt fluid as well.  Check headlights and tail lights, and make sure that your tires are in good condition.

These are just a few general examples to get you thinking about all of the little things that can easily get overlooked as the seasons change.  Remember that you want your resources to be in top-notch condition as well as being properly equipped to handle the challenges associated with cold weather survival.  Now is the best time to start thinking about these things, so you can have plenty of time to prepare without being rushed.  Always remember that the more you do now can go a long way toward preventing all kinds of problems from cropping up at the worst possible time later.