Ultimate Fall and Winter Preparedness Checklist

Pro Tip

Chimneys can accumulate a lot of creosote during the winter months. Set a reminder to look up your chimney with a flashlight every few months. A good time to do this is when you are cleaning out the ashes.

Pro Tip

If you have a small dog or just a few cats, you may want to buy larger bags of their food and vacuum seal it into smaller portions to extend the shelf life.


What basics should I have on hand for a winter storm?

  • Food and water for 3-5 days
  • minimum
  • Medications
  • Pet Foods
  • Small backup power source so you can keep your cell phone charged
  • Warm clothing
  • Blankets
  • Something for entertainment
  • Emergency radio

What is the best way to stay warm if I have no source of heat?

If you don’t have backup heat, emergency blankets are an affordable choice that can help out. Wear a lot of layers of clothing. Don’t forget to wear a hat. Gathering everyone in your home into 1-2 rooms and closing any adjoining doors can help.

You can set up a tent inside your home and stay in that. It is much easier to stay warm inside a tent in an unheated home than just sitting in a room with a blanket. Now would also be a good time to get out any sleeping bags or camping pads. Cuddling with loved ones will help out too.

How can I safely cook if the power is out?

If you have a gas stove you may be able to use a lighter to ignite stove eyes but you will not be able to use your oven. A lot of people use their gas powered grills outside to cook during power outages. Never use a gas grill inside! Of course you can use a wood stove to cook on if the power is out or even build a fire outside. Small camp stoves can be used outside as well. Sterno cans are ok to use inside to heat up pots of food.

MEET Samantha Biggers

Samantha is Ready To Go Survival's lead editor, a life-long outdoorswoman with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies. She learned the foundation of preparedness from her father who saw heavy combat in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. An avid outdoors woman and survivalist, her articles have appeared in various homesteading magazines such as GRIT, Back Home, Backwoods Home, and Countryside.

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