Part 4: Demanding Winter 2023 – Ultimate 100 Tips Guide to be Prepared and Survive – Check Your Home Storage

Demanding Winter 2023 – Ultimate 100 Tips Guide to be Prepared and Survive – Part 4: Check Your Self-sufficiency Level

Winter is here, and in many countries around the world, it's challenging citizen life. Higher inflation, higher energy prices, and higher food and gas prices create a situation where people can barely get by. 

If you're worried about how to keep yourself and your family afloat this winter, we've got 100 tips to help.

Here you may find the fourth part of the list – Check Your Self-sufficiency Level.

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58. Check that the home self-sufficiency level is good

You should be able to manage independently at home for at least three days (72 hours) in case of a disturbance. 

Every home should always contain, for example, bottled water, juices, soups, fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, cereals, muesli, nuts, dried fruit, jams, purees, milk, or plant-based drinks that can be kept at room temperature, canned fish, meat and beans, and snack bars.

59. Get plastic bags and toilet paper for home

In the event of a disturbance at home, you may have to spend long periods without electricity, for example. With plastic bags, you can create a temporary toilet, and you don't have to worry about running out of toilet paper if you keep a few packs as a reserve.

60. Make sure there is a bucket or canister with a lid at home

Temporary water supply services are arranged if the water supply is interrupted regionally or locally. Everyone should have a clean container to take water with them.

61. Make sure you have a flashlight or headlamp and batteries in the closet

During a power cut, the lamps do not light up. In that case, the light source is a battery-powered flashlight, a headlamp, or a flashlight found on a phone.

62. Get candles and matches

In addition to a flashlight, light can also be created by lighting candles.

63. Make sure that there is firewood at home if the apartment has a fireplace or a wood-burning stove

As a result of an extended continuous power outage, the interior temperature of the apartment can drop drastically. 

If there is a fireplace or a wood-burning stove at home, it is advisable to reserve firewood for heating the apartment.

64. Check that there are warm clothes in the closet

If the power outage lasts 72 hours, the indoor air temperature drops to +10 degrees Celsius, even in massive apartment buildings, when it's -20 degrees outside. 

So, you should have wool socks and blankets at home in case of cold.

65. Be prepared with a tent and sleeping bags

For an extreme situation, you should consider whether you could find a tent or sleeping bags because, in a tight position, you should sleep in a tent inside the home.

66. Make sure that there is a battery-powered radio at home

Electric radio or television will not work during a power outage. You can conveniently hear information about a power outage via a battery-powered radio or car radio.

67. Get a rechargeable power source that can charge your phone

You can't get electricity through the socket during the outage, so it would be good to have a fully charged backup power source at home, which can be used to fully charge the phone's battery if necessary.

68. Check that there is enough cash at home

Cash is needed if the online bank does not work or the store's payment terminal cannot connect to the bank. A sufficient amount of money is required for a few days or weeks without a payment card or other electronic payment methods. 

Often it is a matter of a few tens or, at most, a couple of hundreds.

69. Get the initial extinguishing equipment

In an emergency at home, you may have to put out a fire. In case of this, the apartment should have, for example, an extinguishing blanket suitable for extinguishing oil and grease fires.

70. Check that there is a first aid kit at home

A first aid kit containing the most essential first aid equipment for treating accidents and minor damages should be found at home just in case.

71. Remember the medicines

If you must spend long periods within the same walls, you should ensure that the home contains all the essential drugs and painkillers that the family members need.

72. Make sure you have iodine tablets 

In the official guidelines of many countries, iodine tablets from the pharmacy are recommended for people aged 3–40. When taken at the right time, iodine tablets effectively protect the thyroid gland from radioactive radiation.

However, the primary protection measure in the event of an actual situation would not be to pop the tablets but to stay indoors. The iodine tablet may only be taken on the authority's advice.

73. A thermal blanket is a good addition

Both at home and in the car, it's a good idea to keep a thermal blanket if the interior temperature drops low. The blanket is also suitable, for example, for moving an injured person.

74. Get a VPN connection to your computer and update software, applications, and virus protection

Ordinary citizens should try to protect themselves from cyberattacks. Taking care of your information security and privacy protection ensures that you do not end up as a tool for influencing information. 

A strong password and two-factor authentication protect email and social media accounts. The computer should have a VPN connection and software. Applications and virus protection should be updated.

75. Check where the nearest civil shelter is

In many countries, more and more people have become aware of the existence of civil shelters. Civil shelters are primarily found in large housing estates, workplaces, or connections with public facilities such as schools and kindergartens. Generally, shelters are in the basement of buildings, at ground level, or as part of separate buildings, for example, in connection with warehouses.

More minor housing associations or single-family houses typically have no public shelter. If there is any ambiguity about the civil protection of your housing association, the information can most certainly be found in the property's rescue plan or from the property manager.

You can only go to the shelter on the authority's order.

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