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Polar Vortex Got You Down?

With nearly 2/3 of the US experiencing record-breaking cold weather right now, I thought it wise to share a few Winter Storm Preparedness tips from the Red Cross:

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Put Together a Supply Kit

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
  • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves


    Of course my personal tip is that while you are safe and cozy inside your warm home, spend plenty of time shopping the great #deals on Addoway. It will help you pass the time and will give you something to look forward to arriving in the mail once the thaw begins!



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Curi George | January 6th 2015 at 1420607282

Do you recommend wool or acrylic sweaters?

Wool makes my old skin itch and the fibers irritate my sinus.

Acrylic scares the living daylights out of me because that cheap made in china fabric is flammable and Lord only knows, with my luck, if someone stands next to me at the bus stop while they're smoking a cigarette, those ashes could flare me up in smoke!

Do you think Polar Vortex is Bipolar?

Curi
mrsdinkerson
mrsdinkerson | January 7th 2015 at 1420653708

I recommend microfiber, Curi and yes- DEFINITELY bipolar! lol Thanks for reading and commenting!
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Helga Dankovichsky | January 10th 2015 at 1420924651

it is so cold in Norway today that I was able to freeze ice cubes outsides in ice trays.
i saved on energy
mrsdinkerson
mrsdinkerson | January 10th 2015 at 1420934107

I'm sure it didn't take too long to freeze them, either, Helga. Thanks for reading and commenting on this blog. Enjoy your energy savings and your ice cubes!
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J. Hanssen | January 15th 2015 at 1421358877

Did not see the kit in your store. Where can we buy this Supply Kit?
mrsdinkerson
mrsdinkerson | January 16th 2015 at 1421416788

You'll have to assemble the items yourself. The list of items are suggestions from the Red Cross to enable us to plan ahead and prepare for harsh weather events/disasters. Thanks for reading the blog and viewing my storefront here on Addoway!
Monty
Monty | January 26th 2015 at 1422283774

Ha!

Hi pal, its POLAR Monty (LOL)...
I just now caught this blog while logged in this addO morning doing stuff in our shop(s).
I sure as heck wished we had some of that Vortex-Mess here in H-Town cause its gonna be a nice cool shorts with sweater sunny day this week.

We have NO IDEA what a Polar Vortex is in Houston but we definitely know how to handle the Heat.

Infact, I wouldn't be surprised if we end up with a warm day next week here in town.

Bundle up, drink lots of "whiskey" on those late cold nights LOL

Great blog!
Monty
mrsdinkerson
mrsdinkerson | January 26th 2015 at 1422313176

Send me some heat, Monty! PLEASE!!!!! lol
Monty
Monty | January 26th 2015 at 1422320222 - in reply to mrsdinkerson

Yes, Ma'am!
LOL
 | January 30th 2015 at 1422641946

Hello and Thank ya' for your Services!
Moon
mrsdinkerson
mrsdinkerson | January 30th 2015 at 1422645157

Hi, Moon! You are most welcome. Thank YOU for all you do to support others on Addoway.

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