- by Joe Weber - updated on 1/24/2023
Living in the southern states has its perks: the summers are long, the winters are short, everyone is just a little happier, AKA that "southern hospitality", and so many more reasons. But what the "South" is not used or prepared for are bad winter storms. As we've seen in recent years some southern states, like Texas, have had unprecedented winter weather with widespread power outages and ice accumulation that left people stranded for days.
One of the most important things you can do in a winter storm is to make sure you and your family are safe. While not common, heavy snow, freezing rain, ice and freezing temperatures can happen in most parts of the southern half of the United States. The best way to protect your family in a winter emergency is to make a family emergency plan and to keep an emergency kit that has the necessary items needed for any emergency situation.
Preparing an emergency plan if you live in the south is no different than if you live in Minnesota or Wisconsin. There are several things that you need to consider when creating a plan:
Having a plan will help ensure that your family is safe and healthy during winter storms and emergencies.
It's important to have several things on hand in case of an emergency. Batteries Plus can help you stock up on many of these items. Be sure to keep at least the below items together in a duffel bag or backpack somewhere easily accessible to grab in a hurry if needed.
For a comprehensive list of items and tips for creating an emergency kit, Ready.gov , a US government site dedicated to disaster prep, has created a handy and easy-to-use guide to build an emergency kit .
There are definitely items that you should stock up on that won't necessarily fit in your emergency kit. These items should be purchased beforehand and replaced when and if they expire to avoid any additional headaches when you need to use them.
If you are in a shelter-in-place situation, you will want to make sure you have a few common tools to make your experience a little easier.
As we, unfortunately, learned a couple of years ago during the extreme winter weather in the February 2021 winter storm in Texas , many states, like Texas, are not equipped to handle the extreme weather conditions that can sometimes happen in the winter. Texas is not alone in this. Many southern states have power grids that are not designed to handle the demands that come with extreme cold.
What's an easy way to keep the power on in an emergency? A generator or portable power station. Generators and Power Stations can provide your home with enough power to run necessary home equipment in the event of an emergency. Batteries Plus carries a large selection of Champion generators and Goal Zero renewable energy power stations to fit your home's power demands.
In many southern states like Texas and Oklahoma, new homes are being built with generators already wired in. Many people in these states know that the power grids are sensitive and are proactive and are ready for an emergency. If you aren't one of the lucky ones with a pre-wired generator in your home, stop into Batteries Plus or visit us online to purchase your new generator and contact your utility company to have a technician come out and install the necessary equipment to have a generator switch on automatically when the power goes out.
In "Everything You Need to Know About Generators (And Why You Should Have One)" we discuss all you need to know about generators and how to choose the right generator for your home. Using this helpful information, you will be able to get the right size generator to run all of the necessary equipment in your home to keep you safe during a power outage in the winter.
Whether you are looking to improve your emergency kit or start working on setting up a home power backup generator, Batteries Plus can help. We're not just about batteries, we've got you covered with all of our emergency preparedness equipment from batteries and flashlights all the way to generators and rechargeable heated hand warmers and seating pads. Stop in today to have your car or truck battery tested free of charge and to see how we can help you be prepared for anything.