We all want a White Christmas for Champaign/Urbana, but sometimes that fluffy white stuff comes in with sleet or in far more greater amounts than we were really looking to receive. Often times that weather creates an emergency situation in our community, both on our roads and for our homes. The best defense for this situation is to be prepared to cope with it, before it ever arrives. We have two checklists below, one for your home and one for your vehicle when traveling. Both are the basics you should have on hand in the event you are faced with a snow emergency in the Champaign/Urbana.

YOUR INSIDE STORY:

Household emergency supplies should include enough food, water and basic supplies to last a minimum of four days without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist.

  • Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration (canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, energy bars, and the like)
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Cellular phone (read this article re: "Keep Cell Phone Charged During A Power Outage")
  • First-aid kit (printable first-aid kit checklist)
  • One Week supply of prescription medicines
  • Battery-powered radio​​    
  • Battery-powered clock
  • Pet food and additional water for household pets
  • Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
ON THE ROAD!
This is where things can get tricky and dangerous very quickly. Coping with ice and snow covered roads are extremely hazardous and conditions can change in and instant. So before you leave your home, give your cars a "Winter Preparedness" once over.
  • Check and replace older batteries                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line
  • Check antifreeze and add if needed.
  • Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation
The list of items below should be KEPT IN YOUR VEHICLES at all times to help you handle winter road hazards:
  •  Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
  • Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag's extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
  • Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
  • Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
  • Blanket
  • Gallon jug of drinking water
If you have to use these items at any time throughout the winter months, make sure you replace them as soon as  possible after use. 
For more tips on Champaign/Urbana Home Care check out my website at www.champaignrose.com or my Facebook Page.