Are You Ready for Winter? Tell Us – And Win!

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It is easy to forget about potential severe winter weather since Georgia typically has fairly mild winters, but don’t get left out in the cold! Take it from me, severe winter weather can strike here in the South, and being prepared is absolutely crucial. My wife and I found ourselves homebound without electricity for several days during a pounding snowstorm in 1993. Not only were we stuck, but Ronda was pregnant with our first child. Fortunately, we had everything we needed to survive — except labor and delivery items! Our porch became our refrigerator and freezer when we packed our perishable items in snow and ice and stored them out there. Luckily, Chandler waited until the storm passed to join us.

What does winter have in store for us this year? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, the outlook is uncertain. El Niño, which brings colder and wetter-than-average conditions, didn’t make its expected appearance, but NOAA predicts that it will arrive in some form … eventually. Don’t have confidence in the meteorologists?  That time tested, oft-quoted source of meteorological data, The Farmer’s Almanac, says that the Southeast can look forward to a wet and chilly winter.

There’s no way to know exactly what Georgia will face this winter, so it’s best to get ready for whatever might come our way. Winter Weather Awareness Week, Dec. 3 to 7, provides the perfect opportunity to prepare. Winter hazards require specific preparation, so take a few minutes to:

-Make sure your Ready kit has extra blankets and enough food and water for at least 72 hours
-Stock your car with a Ready kit, including a blanket, jumper cables and an ice scraper.
-Boost your winter weather IQ by learning the terms used to describe hazards: freezing rain, sleet, winter weather advisory, etc.

To add a bit of fun to your winter readiness, Ready Georgia is giving you a chance to win a two-night stay at Lake Blackshear Resort. (A perfect winter weekend getaway!) To enter our contest, just comment on this post with the words “I’m READY for winter weather!” and tell us:  What is the longest you’ve been stuck at home due to bad weather? Have you ever been stranded in your car? What is your “must have” item for making it through the winter? You’ll be entered in a random drawing for that Lake Blackshear getaway and a NOAA weather radio. Six other lucky folks will also take home a weather radio, courtesy of WSB-TV.

Contest details:

  • PRIZES:  Grand Prize: One NOAA weather radio and a one-night stay for two at Lake Blackshear Resort; Six runners up will each receive a NOAA Weather radio from WSB-TV
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words, “I’m READY for winter weather!” and tell us. . .
  • BONUS QUESTION(S): What is the longest you’ve been stuck at home due to bad weather? Have you ever been stranded in your car? What is your “must have” item for making it through the winter?
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Sunday, December 16 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern)
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: One grand prize winner; six additional radio winners
  • PRIZE SHIPS: State of Georgia only
  • RULES: Open to Georgia residents only. One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and notified via email.
85 replies
  1. Derek
    Derek says:

    I’m not ready for winter at all. Winter tires are still not on – plus I’m in denial & constantly dreaming of a tropical beach with fruity/alcoholic drink on hand.. lol

    Cheers,

    Derek

    • Pam Hegwood
      Pam Hegwood says:

      “I’m READY for winter weather!” My family and I spent the 1993 blizzard with our preacher and his family, they were with us for 5 days. Our back porch became our refrigerator/freezer…our fireplace was our main source of heat, we melted snow for water…we were without phone, power, or water…Our children were little back then… it was an adventure. We went out on Lookout Mountain and rode on an old car trunk hood being pulled by a jeep down the snow laden road…it was a blast! Always try to make the best of a bad situation especially when children are involved.

  2. Claudia Gibson
    Claudia Gibson says:

    I’m ready for winter weather.
    I was stuck at home for 5 days after a 36″ snowstorm while living in Colorado. We had a fireplace which helped keep us warm and we cooked over the fire too. It was actually an adventure for our family.

  3. Roy
    Roy says:

    I’m ready for winter 2012-2013 as I have within the past year replaced my windows and patio doors using Window World. With a gas log fireplace and stove in my residence, the temp has to dip to 20 degrees outside before I notice any discomfort. During the great Atlanta Ice Storm of 1973, living in southeast Atlanta, we were one of only a handful of neighborhoods where the electrical power never went out. Also, during Snow Jam 1982, I drove 4 hours in a 1971 Chevy Vega from Chamblee, GA around interstate 285 to my residence in southeast Atlanta. Once I passed the Memorial Drive exit on I-285 southbound, it was a “ghost highway” to interstate 20 westbound. I exited at Glenwood Road and took the side streets to my residence just east of Moreland Avenue. My family could not believe I made it home without being stranded.

  4. Steve
    Steve says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! Camping supplies do double duty, in case you need to stay inside for a few days without power: campstove & fuel, sleeping bags, dehydrated food and simple meals that you can heat over a stove. One good way to recharge your electronics while without power: buy a power inverter from an auto parts store, and hook it up to your car (preferably directly to the battery), and turn on the car periodically to keep your battery charged.

  5. Jessica M
    Jessica M says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! January 2011 there was the ice storm in Atlanta, so we were stuck at home for only a day or 2. Luckily we didn’t lose power or anything (but we did get our 2.5 year old potty-trained!)! This is a great reminder to wash blankets and stock up on flashlight batteries, candles, non-perishable food, etc.!

  6. Lori
    Lori says:

    Winter is not so much of a problem since moving south. Only had to deal with one ice storm in 10 years and a dusting of snow twice. It’s kind of great actually! I can’t imagine going back to shoveling all of that snow out of my driveway several times a year!

  7. Barb_in_GA
    Barb_in_GA says:

    I’m ready for winter weather! I’ve got about a week’s worth of groceries that can be prepared without electricity, a bag of ice melt in the garden shed and several lanterns (oil, solar and battery powered) ready in case of a power outage.

    We were stuck at home without power during the ice storm in 2002. Between our gas stove and outdoor grill (for cooking), our fireplace (for heating and cooking) and oil lamps, we were pretty comfortable for the 5 days it took to restore power.

  8. Mark
    Mark says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!” I have supplies stored: food, water, propane, gasoline generator and fuel, amateur radio with battery backup. The longest I have been stuck at home was probably the blizzard of 1993, at home for 3 -4 days. After that event I have increased my stored supplies and capabilities for up to a week minimum. Didn’t get to use any of this for the Winter of 2010 events, I was stuck at work for 4 days straight.

  9. Susan Myers
    Susan Myers says:

    I am ready for winter. We live on a farm, much preparation needed to prepare the garden and barn! I have had to use a generator for power for 4 days water is the biggest issue,,wish I could afford a deep well hand pump! Ice causes the most damage…our fireplace is invaluable!

  10. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!” All I really need is my family with me. Whenever bad weather is predicted we try to get the kids home. We try to stay ready with supplies and back ups. But I can make it a lot easlier knowing my kids and their family are safe at home with us. During the blizzard of 1993 we were stuck at home for days. Since then I have tried to stay better prepared.

  11. ron story
    ron story says:

    I’m ready for winter weather. I got plenty of firewood stocked up, lots of new batteries and flashlights, small propane heaters, blankets and food that you can grill or eat without cooking. Also have a few cases of bottled water stocked as well. Bring on the cold!

  12. Chirangee Tissera
    Chirangee Tissera says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!” My family was stuck at home during the snow storm couple of years back. Both my kids wee very young and fell sick during this time. Having children’s medicine at home helped get us by that week without having to leave the house during dangerous conditions. So having medical supplies and pain meds as well as cough and cold meds is highly recommended.

  13. Maurice Tanner
    Maurice Tanner says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!”
    We were stuck for about 3 days back in the eighties. We used a fireplace for heat and cooked on a camp stove. Just like camping.

  14. Jim Wallas
    Jim Wallas says:

    I’m READY for winter weather. Batteries, firewood, food, gas, clothing, communications, ready to assist neighbors if needed. water. tarps

  15. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    I’m READY for winter weather!

    I learned my lesson many years ago when Jacksonville, Florida was hit with ice and snow that closed down the town for days (89 or 90). I was 20 then. Electricity was out. Bridges were shut down stranding people on the opposite side of their homes. I didn’t even own gloves or a winter coat. My friends decided to go to someone’s house that had a fireplace. A normally 20 minute drive took us 2 hours and there were cars in the ditches the whole way. We sat there for days without even a radio to listen to because we thought we’d never have to worry about a winter storm in the south.

  16. Shannon
    Shannon says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!” I was also pregnant with my first child during the blizzard of 1993. My daughter was born 16 days after the first snow flake though (she was born March 29). We went 10 days without any electricity. 7 days without running water. I had a deck of cards and a kerosene heater to cook and with which to keep warm. Nowadays I make sure I have the propane tanks fueled up in the wintertime for my grill so I can use the grill to cook on! I’m ready for some snow though. I love snow!

  17. Deborah
    Deborah says:

    Bring on the “Cold” I’m ready for Winter with plenty of can goods that do not need to be cooked as well as plenty of water, batteries, blankets, firewood, grill, charcoal and lighter fluid. Flashlights, candles, and a propane heater. Hopefully, we’ll get some Snow this year! I love it!

  18. Terri Creech
    Terri Creech says:

    we stock up on food, water and our meds. we also charge up our solar walk lights to use in house
    the longest was a week in the late 70s , we had no power no nothing except a lot of ice

  19. David Weikel
    David Weikel says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!” I’ve been stuck at home for 2 days during an ice storm in 1995 I’ve never been stranded in a car. I usually drive 4-wheel drive vehicles, and unless it’s very icy, I can get anywhere I need. Firewood for heat is my go-to item in a winter storm.

  20. Julie Bach
    Julie Bach says:

    I’m READY for winter weather!

    I grew up in the Buffalo, NY area and also lived in New England. I’m used to constant snow/bad weather. I have survived the Blizzard of 1977 and two ‘Shocktober’ storms. The longest I’ve been home due to bad weather is a week (due to no electricity). Thankfully, I’ve never been stuck in a car.
    My must have item(s) are: shovel, ice melter for driveway, scraper for car windshield, and flashlight with batteries.

    This is my first winter in GA. I just turned 40 and looking forward to seeing what the South has in store for me!

  21. Katherine Rodger
    Katherine Rodger says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! I was “iced in” for nearly a week in Jan. 2011 but had no need to worry. I had my usual stockpile of food and we have a propane tank so I never had to worry about cooking had we lost electricity. The only times I’ve been stranded in my car were due to car trouble during Atlanta rush hours. My “must-haves” for winter storms/power outages are plenty of oil lamps, flameless candles, and quilts since we don’t have a fireplace. Oh, and wine! 🙂

  22. Giles Roberts
    Giles Roberts says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! I’ve stumped up a small fortune for BFGoodrich AT tires, and am committed to the routine maintenance of my truck and my wife’s car. We both keep blankets, a few provisions and communication systems in our cars, and using GEMA’s advice feel able to cope with just about anything.
    The longest I’ve been stuck anywhere would have been in Afghanistan during the wet season in February. Using vehicles was totally impractical and Helicopters were reserved for emergencies, so for two or three weeks all movement relied on our “black Cadillacs” (standard issue black leather boots!) We were under canvas so it was cold, but not terrible.
    My must have winter item would be a kettle to make hot drinks. Other than that it would have to be my reliable pick-up truck.

  23. Janell
    Janell says:

    I’m ready for winter weather.
    I have prepared an emergency kit for my car, whick includes a few blankets, jumper cables, ice scraper, energy bars and some water bottles. I have not been stranded in my car, but a couple of years ago I did leave my car on the side of the road and I walked the rest of the distance to my house, because of icy road conditions.
    The longest I have been stranded was for several weeks, during a winter blizzard, sometime in the 1990’s. I remember having so much fun with my family playing in the snow and sleeping in front of the fireplace. It has become a very fond memory.
    Since living on my own, I have expercienced power outages due to heavy rain stroms. The longest being two days.
    I love the fact I have a gas fireplace. My “must have” for making in through winter is having plenty sources of light in case of power outage.

  24. Martinidale
    Martinidale says:

    I am READY for Winter Weather! I just moved here from another state, so I have made it a point to review all your winter instructions and seek advice from the locals. Going down my check list…. Water, batteries, non-perishable food, important phone numbers, and a solar cell phone charger. I also added to my list – to “check on my neighbors” — you never know who did not prepare and could use your help.

  25. Barbara Johnson
    Barbara Johnson says:

    Am Ready for the Winter Weather ! Ga. to me have the best weather year round. Am always ready for any type of winter weather we have because it never last long. If we have snow or ice I have snacks, can goods, water, soda, flash lights, radio and plenty of books and movies. When we have snow or ice it’s a surprise to us. Ga. winter weather never last long and thats why I love Ga. I have visit many other states and countries and I perfer to live right here in beautiful Georgia.

  26. Vicki
    Vicki says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!”
    and just as important….I am making sure that my neighbors are.
    Tonight, we will be creating a MYN- Map Your Neighborhood at our Home Owners Association meeting, including identifying resources and skills for just such an icy winter event, when there is no getting into or out of our one entrance neighborhood.
    The longest I have been stuck at home is 3 days and over one week without power. I have only been stranded in a car once and it was a rental, which meant I didn’t have the comfort of my normal preparedness items. That was the most distressing part. I will never venture out in the winter in a rental without salt and a shovel. My “must have” item for making it through the winter, is a variety of backup power sources. Batteries and Solar charger for phone and laptop and cellular USB for periodic necessary use of the internet.

  27. Susan
    Susan says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! I live in Northwest Georgia and love when it snows. I was stranded at home for nine days during the Blizzard of ’93. We didn’t have water, power or phone for almost two weeks. We did have a fireplace, but no wood. My mom had come from Birmingham, ALA for the weekend and I had a 17 month old daughter. We burned wood furniture pieces to keep warm and cook. I would not mind another one, but I will be prepared this time. I haven’t been stranded in a car, but we heard horror stories the night that it started. Police scanner saying that people trying to get home from Rome was stranded on the other side of Taylor’s Ridge, and some had ran out of gas. I guess the one thing that would be a MUST HAVE would be my phone. It would let me keep in touch and know that my kids and grandkids were safe and warm.
    Snow, baby, snow!!
    Susan

  28. Lanee
    Lanee says:

    I am not ready at all. I moved here from NY hoping that the winters here would be different and snow free. I am not looking forward to this

  29. Doodle Eubanks
    Doodle Eubanks says:

    I’m ready for winter I have my ready kit full of everything I need for 3 days. I am a member of Meriwether county CERTs team and have had all of there training. I am also a volunteer for Georgia Three Rivers Red Cross chapter and on the Disaster Team. I was also hit by the April 2011 tornado so I have learned from experience.

  30. Susan Gray
    Susan Gray says:

    I’m ready. Have food enough for a week at least, water stored, blankets and my sister who lives next door has a wood stove and wood. We have a portable stove and small generator. Also have a car cell phone charger. I’ve never been stranded either in a car or in my home but am trying to be prepared in the light of what’s happened around the country with bad weather. We also have a crank operated/battery radio. I grew up in Ohio so wouldn’t mind getting some snow. We have puzzles. games and books to get us through the winter.

  31. Jeff
    Jeff says:

    I am ready for winter. We have an emergency supply of food/water and a go kit in a backpack that I gave each of my family last Christmas. I have natural gas and a fireplace with wood stored for heat. I even had a few trees too close to my home trimmed or cut down so ice doesn’t cause limbs or the tree to fall into my home.

  32. Barbara Wildoner
    Barbara Wildoner says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! It wasn’t a winter storm but a hurricane that caused us to lose power for 4 days!!! We had a scheduled birthday party for our daughter. We BBQ’d everything in the refridgerators and had people bring lots of ice!! It turned out to be one heck of a weekend!!!

  33. Mari
    Mari says:

    I’m READY for winter weather. I remember being stuck at home for nearly a week in 1993 when I was in high school. My parents has always had tons of firewood and food stored and we were fine. Though I remember having to put some perishables in a cooler outside on the front porch after a while. I’ve never been stranded in my car but that does scare me. So when it’s cold I like to keep supplies in my car for just in case. My “must have” item is a blanket my grandmother crocheted. Especially now that I have a 2 year old, I like this site and the info it provides to remind me to be prepared.

  34. Nancy Coston
    Nancy Coston says:

    I’m ready for winter weather! We have our water, food, blankets, medication and important papers. My favorite item, aside from a good radio, is a little camp stove so we can have hot tea, soup, and chili. We were out of power here in Macon for four days several years ago and we survived just fine. We don’t have heat in a power outage as we have a pellet stove that must have electricity to run. We love it otherwise. Blankets and coats are so important. READY GA keeps us mindfull of the things we can do to prepare for the weather.

  35. Chef Robert
    Chef Robert says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! We cook with natural gas and have a kerosene heater for the day time and lots of blankets for sleeping.
    In 2003 we were stuck at home for over a week without power ended up getting a generator and hooking it up to the house. Stayed nice and warm with the fuel oil furnace.

  36. Robin Fisher
    Robin Fisher says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! The longest I have been stuck at home due to bad weather is two days. Thank goodness I have never been stranded in my car. My must have item for making it through the winter is a NOAA weather radio and a two-night stay to Lake Blackshear Resort!

  37. Robin Fisher
    Robin Fisher says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! The longest I’ve been stuck at home due to bad weather is two days. Thank goodness I have never been stranded in my car! My “must have” item for making it through the winter is a NOAA weather radio to listen to during my two night stay at Lake Blackshear Resort!

  38. Reg Max
    Reg Max says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! I have my ready kit and always have a heavy coat and walking shoes in my car during winter.

    In Snow Jam 1982, I had just gotten to work that afternoon when the snow began to fall. Luckily, I was driving against traffic and it took me 3 1/2 hours to drive 8 miles home, BUT I was driving a ’61 Ford Galaxie with mud grip tires….no problem. haha

    Never really been stuck at home. We can always walk to a store.

    Our “must have” item is firewood for the wood burning stove. Keeps us toasty.

  39. Holly
    Holly says:

    Yes, I am ready for winter weather. My family and I spent 4 days stranded in 1993 with the blizzard. The worst part for me was being separated from my oldest son as he had gone to spend the night with a friend the night the blizzard blew in and it was 4 days later that the roads were cleared enough for us to go pick him up. He had a blast and didn’t want to come home.

  40. Adair Flowers
    Adair Flowers says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!”
    I remember being trapped at school in the 1982 snow storm. We were all evacuated to the cafeteria where the wrestling mats had been laid out for “comfort” on the floor. It was close to midnight before anyone was able to get to school and pick us up.
    We were trapped at home in 2010 for several days since we live at the bottom of a hill that iced over.

    I am working to get my home and the childcare center where I work set for the cold. Batteries are critical for us in both places and Peanut butter is a must!

  41. David
    David says:

    I am ready for winter weather.
    We were stuck for three days but had plenty of bread and milk along with a good supply of extra can goods we keep in the basement.

  42. Stephen Bailey
    Stephen Bailey says:

    I’ve always been ready for Winter Weather since I spent a winter being stationed in Chicago in the early 70’s. I learned how to drive in the ice & snow. When to avoid driving on ice & the best way to drive on different types of snow. I always have enough food supplies to cover at least 3 days of necessity living in the event of no stores, no electricity, no gas & no water. I have camping supplies that we will use (with care & caution) to prepare food & keep us warm. I live in a house that faces the mid-day sun & is situated on a flat lot so snow & ice doesn’t mound up & easily removed. This was intentional on my part when we built our home. In the winter time, I carry blankets, a shovel, jumper cables & other equipment (including flashlights & reflective items) to aid if I’m stranded away from home. Finally, I always mentally prepare myself for the upcoming season. I keep weather radios operational 24/7/365. I keep aware of approaching storm systems & forecasts. I am a Storm Watcher for NOAA & a volunteer for my county’s CERT program. We’ve never actually been stranded at home. We’ve chosen not to go out but only because we are always prepared for serious weather events & shop ahead of time to insure our comfort. Often we’ll get in touch with neighbors & family to see if they are okay & if they need supplies. When they say the need something, we’ll go out & get it for them so they don’t have to endanger themselves. Being Prepared goes back to my days in the Cub & Boy Scouts. I believe wholeheartedly in that motto & prepare for all natural disasters that we can expect here in Georgia.

  43. Pennie
    Pennie says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!” In 1993 I was stuck inside a mobile home for 3 days in a more northern state. The front door opened out and the back door had a snow drift more than 1/2 way up the door. I had to keep the front porch free of snow in order to have an exit. Never been stranded in the car but do keep cat litter in the trunk along with other items. Not sure if it would really help but have heard it can help with traction. Some how I feel like we would just end up with cat litter all over the place. My must have items for making it through winter: a good book, a jig saw puzzel and a cross stitch project.

  44. Sherman McEntire
    Sherman McEntire says:

    “I’m ready for winter!” I have never really been stranded for any length of time due to winter weather. The blizzard of 1993 slowed us down. It took a little longer to dig out.

    • Tricia Patterson
      Tricia Patterson says:

      That was quite a storm! My parents were here, and couldn’t make it back to VA because the interstates were closed. I loved that time visiting, though.

  45. Will Lambert, Jr.
    Will Lambert, Jr. says:

    I’m READY for winter weather. I have wood for my fireplace and a gas grill outside in case I need it. I have a square end shovel, a kerosene lamp, several flashlights, candles, enough food in the pantry and freezer to last my wife and I about a month and several pots and pans to melt snow for water, if needed. I also have enough clothes and long underware for most occassions.

  46. Linda Simmons
    Linda Simmons says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!”

    I am also making sure that my family, friends and neighbors are ready. I have a weather radio you have to crank encase of loss power. I have a backup battery that will kick on when there is loss of power. I have a couple of cold weather emergency containers, 4 24 pack of water, extra supply of my medications, two first aid kits made out of tool cases, flashlights, batteries, tap lights, games, Solar charger for phone and laptop, books, regular house phone (not the cordless phones), plastic shower curtains to put on the windows

    The longest I have been stuck at home is 7 days without power, we kept warm by all sleeping in the same bed with all of the blankets, curtains, warming water and cooking on the barbeque grill. Too keep our food from spoiling we put them in the cooler and kept it on our screened in side porch. We were not able to leave the home for three days because we had live electrical wires running across our driveway and yard.

    This year we have a fireplace where we can cook our food and stay warm as well. I am thinking of doing a trial run with my family this holiday to make sure everything will be ready and we are as prepared as we can be.

  47. Tricia Patterson
    Tricia Patterson says:

    We were home for almost a week several years ago in metro Atlanta. Thankfully we kept power, and had plenty of food. We spent the week de-cluttering the kitchen and closets. As long as I had enough coffee (and creamer!), and my music to listen to, all was good.

  48. Alicia Murphy
    Alicia Murphy says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!”

    The longest I have been stuck at home at most was 2 days because roads were not clear enough in my sub-division due to snow and ice.

    I have never been stranded but am prepared if I ever do with emergency kit kept in car at all times and water.

    My “must have” item is salt for sidewalks and driveway to keep them clear. I may live in the south but a Jersey Girl at heart and keep a few bags around at all times.

  49. Connie
    Connie says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!”
    The longest I was stuck was not at home but it was at work for 3 days believe me it was the longest 3 days of my life :).
    Have never been stranded in my car and I hope I never am!!
    The must have would have to be plenty of food and water and then all else will be taken care of!!

  50. Amy Bacon
    Amy Bacon says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!” Being a Scoutmaster for several years now, learning and teaching my Scouts about disasters and survival in all types of weather including cold in which our coldest camp out in which we earned our “Cold Weather Badge” brings back memories of a camp fire and numbers of pairs of feet around a campfire with the temperature of 17 degrees. I know we have had to stay home from school but we have never been in bad weather other than snow and the forecasters telling us to stay off the roads but not secluded to our homes. Although my boys know what it means to BE PREPARED for anything. My favorite item or item I could not do without my flashlight w/batteries. Many camping trips even around my home have we been without power that I needed light. Now I even have one on my phone. I keep a flashlight in my purse, van, at home in several locations. There are a lot of things you need to have to be prepared for winter weather and preparations but you don’t want to do any of them without lighting. Happy Trails….this Scoutmaster is over and out!

  51. Amy Bacon
    Amy Bacon says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!” Being a Scoutmaster for several years now, learning and teaching my Scouts about disasters and survival in all types of weather including cold in which our coldest camp out in which we earned our “Cold Weather Badge” brings back memories of a camp fire and numbers of pairs of feet around a campfire with the temperature of 17 degrees. I know we have had to stay home from school but we have never been in bad weather other than snow and the forecasters telling us to stay off the roads but not secluded to our homes. Although my boys know what it means to BE PREPARED for anything. My favorite item or item I could not do without my flashlight w/batteries. Many camping trips even around my home have we been without power that I needed light. Now I even have one on my phone. I keep a flashlight in my purse, van, at home in several locations. There are a lot of things you need to have to be prepared for winter weather and preparations but you don’t want to do any of them without lighting. Happy Trails

  52. Denis Ference
    Denis Ference says:

    I’m ready for winter weather. Some of the things that I have include: flashlights, long storage foods, water, non-electric cooking grill. Sleeping bags and cold weather wear.

  53. Cheri Prescott
    Cheri Prescott says:

    I’m READY for winter weather!
    BONUS QUESTION(S): What is the longest you’ve been stuck at home due to bad weather? Growing up in Chicago, we had frequent blizzards. In 1978 I shared an apartment with my best friend. We were snow-bound for 8 days! Fortunately, her parents had snowmobiles and used them to deliver much needed care packages to us!
    Have you ever been stranded in your car? Again, in Chicago! (Why do you think I moved to Georgia?? LOL) I was stranded with my 2 year old son for about 6 hours on an expressway. Fortunately I had plenty of high protein snacks and drinks in the car and always had emergency supplies like blankets, empty coffee can and candle with matches (to melt snow to drink if needed) another empty can to use in case we drank too much water 😉 a shovel and cat litter to use as traction in the trunk.
    What is your “must have” item for making it through the winter? For creature comfort it would be my flannel pj’s and hot chocolate! For safety, I still keep extra blankets, gloves, hats, etc in the trunk of my car along with flashlights and other emergency gear. You can take the girl out of Chicago but not Chicago out of the girl!

  54. Kerry Roberts
    Kerry Roberts says:

    At the end of Halloween I bought all the break sticks (lights) so I could stock my kit, my car glove box, and one in my pocket book. I looked silly at checkout, but I want when I need them.

  55. Dorothy Kirk
    Dorothy Kirk says:

    I’m ready for the Winter Weather. The longest I have been stuck at home due to the winter weather is no day. I am an adventurous but safe person and we have worked around the GA winter weather. We have never been stranded in the car, thank goodness. Must have item to make it through the winter is a good book and some games.

  56. james arpad
    james arpad says:

    I’m ready for winter weather. We have plenty of firewood for heating and cooking if the electricity goes out, and lots of canned foods and boxed milk and juices and dry foodstuffs with plenty of bottled water, in case all utilities go out and the roads become impassable to go shopping.

  57. Maggie Herrmann
    Maggie Herrmann says:

    I’m ready for winter weather. I think a day or two is the most I have ever been stuck at home because of winter weather. Fortunately, I’ve never been stranded in my car, but I leave a blanket in there just to be safe! My must have item is long johns!

  58. JoEllen Mack
    JoEllen Mack says:

    “I am ready for Winter Weather!” We have really enjoyed this site and have realized the importance of being prepared. It actually came in so handy when we had the snow/ice storm last year and lost power. We had a storage container filled with our basic readiness and some extras. A readiness container is such a great idea and not just for bad weather but for any emergency! Thank you so much for the awesome ideas and suggestions-praying that more people will take a serious look at this and realize the importance! Just in case????

  59. LISA BENTLEY
    LISA BENTLEY says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! I was once straned at home for three days, but I had my six dogs to keep me warm! They were always there for me!! That is why the items I need the most to survive in winter are for them first- their food and water, then I take care of myself-food and water. Fortunately, I have never been stranded in my car, but I do keep an emergency kit in my car just in case!

  60. Sondra Vaughn
    Sondra Vaughn says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! The longest I have been stranded is 3 days, without power. The fireplace was our heat, cooked in iron pots and oil lamps kept the house lit. Now, I keep a bug out pack in my car, with a few days of food and water and first aid kit. There are two heavy coats, extra socks and gloves and hats with the bag and a walkie talkie in case my phone does not get service. At home we have oil and battery lamps, spare batteries, wood for the fireplace and woodstove and our important paperwork in a waterproof pack.

  61. Michelle Freeman
    Michelle Freeman says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! The longest I have been stuck at home during bad weather was one year when we had an ice storm. We didn’t have power or water (we had a well) for a whole week! I believe it was in the 80’s. Luckily, we had a wood burning stove for heat but it was expecially hard not having water. You tend to take those things for granted until you don’t have them! I have never been stranded in my car. I usually keep up with the weather reports and try to stay off the roads if possible. The most important things for me to have for the winter would be some other source of heat that does not require electricity such as a kerosene heater, plenty of water and flashlights and batteries.

  62. Debra Cook
    Debra Cook says:

    I’m ready for winter weather. We have plenty of firewood cut and cabinets are full with food and water. I’ve never been stranded in a car. I don’t venture out in a car if theres snow and ice. People in Georgia don’t do well with driving in the snow so it’s best to just stay at home. I have been stuck at home for about a day without power. Thank goodness for the fire place. The one thing I wouldn’t want to be without this winter would be firewood for the fire place. It provides a source of heat, light and a place to cook.

  63. Gary Morgan
    Gary Morgan says:

    Yes, my family and I are ready for whatever the weather winter might put on us this year. We made it throught the 1993 blizzard. I did not believe it was going to get that bad. Its the first time I heard thunder during a snow storm. We had gas heat and agas grill
    that we used to cook on for about 4 days till our power was back on. Now we are ready again this winter with the gas grill and 2 bottles of gas and pently of blankets flashlights and batteries, water and canned food. Winter come on we are READY for you.

  64. Hally Ryan
    Hally Ryan says:

    I’m ready for winter weather. The longest I’ve been stranded at home is a couple of days…but that was several years ago. Never been stranded in a car. My essential items are food and water (for pets too), a portable generator, extra blankets, battery lamps and extra batteries, non-electric grill, playing cards, cleaning wipse, and an emergency kit.

  65. Jeff Cundiff
    Jeff Cundiff says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! I have only been stranded at home for a day or so, thankgoodness. I was stranded in my car a couple of years ago, during the December ice storm, I-75 was closed and I spent 9 hours in my car getting home. My must have items would be water, snacks and a blanket in the car. For home it would be wood for the fireplace, water and canned food.

  66. DAVINA HENSON
    DAVINA HENSON says:

    I’m GA. Ready for winter weather(Bring it on).Only been stranded for 2 days without power,was prepared then and am prepared now.Never been stuck in my car,don’t venture out when conditions are risque.Best thing ever we installed a propane fireplace with a 50 gallon tank to stay warm during the winter.Flashlight and batteries,water,non perishable foods,blankets and warm clothes.

  67. Olivia Edwards
    Olivia Edwards says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! The ice and snow in 2010 was the first time we’ve been stuck at home. We were stuck for four days – at the time, we lived on top of a hill that had no direct sunlight so the ice just wouldn’t melt. We were thankful to not lose power. As native Floridians, that was an eye-opening experience for us. Now that we know better, we keep our pantry stocked throughout the winter in case we can’t get out. During the awful thunderstorms of 2011, we had no power for almost a week. We were fortunate enough to move our perishables to a friend’s freezer and relied on the kindness of our family to let us take hot showers at their homes. We kept plenty of flashlights, candles, matches, and batteries on hand for such situations. We also keep good books and board games around to keep the boredom at bay.

  68. debbie lee
    debbie lee says:

    I am ready for winter!!! I have a fireplace and plenty of firewood. I am well-stocked on canned food and drinks. I have an insert with a ledge that I can cook on like old times!!! I have never been stranded in my car. I keep my cars filled with gas in case of an emergency. I do not venture out when the weather is bad. The longest we were without power was about 4 days. It was rather peaceful!!!! No TV!!! Very little Traffic!!!! PEACE AND QUIET FOR A CHANGE!!!

  69. Kenya
    Kenya says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! The longest I’ve been stuck at home due to bad weather was for one week; I was attending college in 1993. Thankfully there were other students with snacks and a little bit of creativity. I’ve never been stuck in a car but I’m well prepared in case I am stuck. My family is well prepared for anything (almost) but my must have item for making it through the winter is food.

  70. Marty Wildes
    Marty Wildes says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!” Born and raised in Northern Wisconsin, I was never stranded in the winter until moving South. I was stranded once in San Antonio for 3 days during an ice/snow storm of 14″. Then again during the ice storm in Atlanta in the early 2000s, stuck at home for 3 days. Luckily, I’ve never been stranded in my car. A must-have item for Georgia winters seems to be light sources for the house. I’m not driving in bad weather due to the other drivers, we have a gas fireplace and stove. But if the power goes out, we need light.

  71. Judith Adair
    Judith Adair says:

    I’m ready for winter weather. I am stocked up on candles and a lighter, flashlights, batteries and bulbs, canned and boxed food and a manual and battery can opener, extra dog food, extra birdseed, kitty litter for my steps, bottled water, a weather radio, chemical hand and foot warmers, lotsa blankets and a list of neighbors to call and check on. I am an older woman and I won’t go on ice anymore, but I can still enjoy the snow. I keep a camera handy to capture the awe and beauty of Mother Nature. Hugs, Georgia! Let’s safely enjoy our winter, come what may.

  72. Leona Chubay
    Leona Chubay says:

    I’m READY for winter weather!
    In 1993 during the snowstorm, we were stuck at home without power for 7 days and couldn’t get out. Our son was only 10 months old. We slept on the couch with him cuddled in the middle to keep him warm. We felt lucky he was so young as he didn’t keep wanting to go outside and get wet and try to keep warm. We used the fireplace for heat and lived in the living room. Luckily we had a gas stove so we were able to cook. It was also useful to heat what water we had (we melted snow alot). It also helped by leaving the burners on and keeping the kitchen warmer. We kept our food outside to keep cold and the frozen foods frozen. We have a well so we had no running water. You truly feel like a pioneer. During the other big previous snowstorm we had, it took me 2-1/2 hours to get home when it usually took me 15 minutes. Also, in 1977, after a visit to New York to see our family, we were returning to Georgia. We got stuck in the mountains in northern Pennsylvania for 12 hours until the snowplows could come and dig us all out. Must have items for us include candles, lanterns, flashlights with extra batteries, easy-to-fix foods, emergency blankets, sleeping bags, extra-warm clothing, water, water, water, lots of firewood. Did I mention water? Having a well,
    it’s amazing how much you take water for granted until you’re without it. You don’t realize how much you need it to wash your hands, wash dishes, brush your teeth, cook, flush the toilet, etc.

  73. Rachel Crews
    Rachel Crews says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! I’ve never been stuck at home during a winter storm . But in January 2011 I was stuck at work for 3 days. I had heard the anticipation of sow and packed several changes of clothes, shower stuff, and snacks to keep with me (I’m a nurse and the hospital never closes.) My daughter was 2.5 years old and spent the entire time with my mother in law. She had enough diapers for a week plus a ton of changes in clothes (and always her blankie). And you have to have hour chocolate!

  74. Rekha
    Rekha says:

    I’m READY for winter weather! We have our kit packed and enough food to last us a while (though we might get bored of pasta). The longest I’ve been stuck at home was five days in the 2010 snowstorm. We live in an apartment that is down a hill. The melted and refrozen snow turned to ice on the road and only people with huge 4 wheel drive trucks could get out. We watched SUVs try to climb the hill, only to start losing ground inch by inch. Our compact cars would be no match for the hill. Luckily, our power stayed on and I had tons of food in the house (I was even prepared for the power to cut and had stored extra water and precooked some meals). We just ate out the fridge/pantry and watched the chaos on the large road we could see from our window. Of course we went and played in the snow with the dog too!

    Thankfully, I have never been stuck in my car. I do have a mini kit in there, just in case, but I hope it never comes to that.

    My “must have” winter item is a good, warm, waterproof coat. I get cold easy, so a good outer layer is essential to me!

  75. June Morrissey
    June Morrissey says:

    We are ready for anything that may come. We do alot of camping in our travel trailer and could live in it for a couple of weeks if we had to.
    It is stocked with food, water and all the necessities. We were stuck in an apartment many years ago during a weeklong ice storm with only a fireplace to keep us warm, That was really roughing it! Hopefully, this will be a mild winter like last year but we are prepared, just in case!

  76. Janice Dixon
    Janice Dixon says:

    “I’m ready for winter weather.” We have fairly mild winters, but still preparation is needed. Especially when we have a hodgepodge family of furry friends, rescued throughout the years! We have to situate all our animals for the winter months, particuarly the ones that live outside. Time for our doggies to have warm hay beds and insulated houses. They love the fresh hay! As avid gardners, all our plants have to be readied for winter. That is an enjoyable, yet hard task. Even with all of these extras, we always remember to prepare our RV for winter storage and ready our cars for wintertime. We have a stockpile of supplies in case needed during power outages ans an alternative heat source. Also, many fun winter activities planned!!!

  77. Jason Dixon
    Jason Dixon says:

    “I’m ready for winter weather.” Of course all of the preparation around the house has to be done. Pipes are wrapped, furnace is serviced, cars are checked, plants are taken in and so forth. We normally have pretty mild winters, but we always set aside supplies for the just in case. Sometimes we do have severe storms. But, winter time means Christmas time is coming and I spend just as much time on decorating our yard with thousands of lights! Our little guy loves drinking hot chocolate and watching the Christmas lights!

  78. Janice Marie
    Janice Marie says:

    “I’m ready for winter weather.” We are ready! All our duties to prepare for winter are taken care of! Now to hope the weather stays mild until we can enjoy the rays of summer again. But, if it doesn’t, i will be prepared!

  79. Tiffany Abrams
    Tiffany Abrams says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!” This year we have made sure we have the things necessary to survive the winter comes our way. We are convinced we will get a rough one this year. The longest I been stuck at home was 2 days, due to horrible road conditions. Luckily I’ve never been stranded in the car, but I think we would be ok in a situation like that. My “must have” item for the winter is a nice warm fireplace and some got chocolate!

  80. Luanne Lawler
    Luanne Lawler says:

    “I’m READY for winter weather!” I love winter. Well maybe just Georgia winters where the slightest hint of ice or snow gets us excited. I have been stuck at home for 3 days years ago when we had “bad winter weather” one year and as long as I have a fireplace, and outside grill and my emergency kits, I don’t consider it getting stuck. It’s fun really. Never been stranded in my car, but after a terrific thunderstorm knocked out the lights during the summer, my family and I slept in the car just for the air conditioning. And my must have for the winter are pocket hand warmers. Love those things!

  81. Jon Davis
    Jon Davis says:

    omg! of course!!
    a few years back I used to take for granted storage…. just parking the car in my fathers barn, sometimes I go so far as to cover it with a tarp. But I learned the hard way as corrosion got the underbelly pretty bad and had a mouse problem in the interior…all in the same winter! found this to help also… http://www.thinkinsure.ca/car-auto-insurance-tips/Insurance-and-Winter-Storage-Tips-for-your-Classic-Car-in-Ontario.html
    Jon D.

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