It may seem like winter is still far away, especially for those of us sweating it out in Texas, but we’re already a month into fall. Across the U.S., temperatures are slowly but surely dropping and fall and winter weather can be harsh following an El Niño season. This phenomenon, called La Niña, causes the ocean temperatures to drop from the El Niño season, and often leads to heavy snowfall, colder weather, and bitter winds. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) put out the original La Niña watch back in April, and have just updated the watch for more accuracy. We’ve already seen some La Niña effect with the most active hurricane season since 2012 and the deadliest hurricanes since 2005. Hurricane Nicole was exceptionally bad, and we might not be through hurricane season quite yet.
What Does La Niña Mean for You?
Though right now it seems the Southwest may be in for another warm winter, the Eastern seaboard and Northern regions of the U.S. could be in for quite a rough winter. As we move closer to the winter months, the long-term forecast will change, so be sure to stay informed and plan accordingly. Last winter was quite calm and mellow for most of the U.S., and you might be hoping for another easy winter. But, getting comfortable and not preparing for the upcoming winter can be costly and even deadly.
How to Prepare for La Niña Winter
Though we’re still a bit far out from the cold winds, snow, and ice of winter, it is never to early to prepare. Stocking up on needed supplies now will allow you to rest more easily than having to rush when the bad weather is on its way. Stores are often packed full of panicking customers the day before a winter storm hits, and basic supplies are the first to go. With road closures and delays, it may take some time for online purchases to arrive and stores to receive new shipments. Some opportunistic people may even charge higher prices for snow shovels, kerosene or propane heaters, or chopped firewood. Finally, your money might be tighter in the winter months following holiday shopping and traveling. Getting prepared for winter in the autumn months is just the sensible solution.
Our team has collected a few products you may want to look at purchasing now to prepare for this upcoming winter.
These products are invaluable in the winter. Not only are they great for the hunting blind, tent, or ice fishing shelter, these personal heaters are amazing for heating up a room in the house when the power is out. If you have electric heating in your home, you should definitely have some form of back-up heat source. Ice storms have a tendency to cut power and with bad road conditions it may be days or weeks before the power is returned. The Buddy heaters use canned propane, just like you use in your Coleman camp stove or lantern, and have automatic shut-offs in case it tips over or it detects low oxygen. We have three sizes available that can heat 100 sq ft, 200 sq ft, and 400 sq ft.
You may think freeze dried food is just for astronauts and deployed military, but the space-saving and long shelf life make freeze dried food a smart choice for anybody. The Wise Foods Ultimate Emergency Supplies kit is one of the best options out there. With the kit you get 16 servings of Orange Delight Drink Mix, 12 servings of whey milk, eight servings each of Creamy Pasta and Vegetable Rotini, Savory Stroganoff, Tomato Basil Soup with Pasta, Brown Sugar and Maple Multi-Grain Cereal, Apple Cinnamon Cereal, and Four servings of Southwest Beans and Rice. On top of that, you get a 28 oz Seychelle water filtration bottle and 3 packets of Wise Fire emergency fire starter, all packed in a sealed plastic bucket.
One of the most hazardous parts about wintertime is traveling. Whether you’re driving home from work, coming back from a Thanksgiving at Grandma’s house, or driving on snow, inclement roads can be dangerous. Make sure you and your family are safe with this All-in-One Auto Emergency Kit. This kit is packed tight with everything you need when waiting for help to arrive: a tough nylon bag with reflector stripe and a folding floor mat, premium jumper cables, 13 foot tow rope, hand crank flashlight, 5-in-1 survival whistle to call for help, 37-piece first aid kit, mylar emergency blanket, duct tape, and emergency food. The food includes four servings of granola, eight servings of freeze dried bananas, four water pouches, and Hi-Cal energy bar to keep you going. The bag also has extra pockets that you can fit other things into like tools, battery jump pack, or the JIT phone charger and flashlight combo.
In your car or in your home, a first aid kit should always be nearby. Lots of little things can go wrong and when the weather is bad getting to a hospital may take longer than usual. Prepare for the worst with this 9oz waterproof medical kit that has enough basic supplies to cover blisters, scrapes, cuts, and fractures. It also has different types of medication to help with pain, allergies, inflammation, and wound sterilization. For less than $25, it’d be hard to find a better medical kit this light and waterproof.
Having alternate light around can make a power outage much easier to tolerate. If a truck runs off an icy road and slams into a utility pole, you might be in the dark until the emergency services and the power company can get the lights back on. When the power goes out, the Siege lantern can keep your lights on. With three brightness settings, you can conserve energy while also having access to enough light for getting your generator hooked up and fuse box reset. This lantern is powered by three D cell batteries and has a recessed power button so you don’t have to worry about it accidentally switching on. The lantern features three brightness settings: a bright 340 lumen high setting, 175 lumen medium setting, and a battery saving 33 lumen setting. There is also a 10-lumen red light setting to preserve night vision and an emergency flash setting that blinks SOS in Morse code for signaling. As an added bonus, the Siege lantern is also waterproof up to one meter and floats, so you could take it with you on a fishing trip when the weather is nice.