Wintering a Southern Storm


One doesn’t normally think of snow storms in the southern part of the United States, but lately it seems that snow, wildfires and flooding can occur anywhere and anytime of the year. Even though we have mild winters here in the South, it is best to be prepared and know what to do if there is a snowstorm in the forecast.

If you are inside your home and are alerted that a storm is approaching, or you can actually see it from your window, don’t go out unless it is absolutely mandatory. Icy, snow-covered roads are dangerous and getting stuck or being involved in a collision can be avoided by staying off of the roads. However, if you do get caught in winter weather while driving or must venture out in a storm, you should be prepared by having a winter emergency bag in your car. Furthermore, it’s not a bad idea to keep this safety bag in the car year-round.


First Aid Safety Kit for the Car

This kit contains items that are readily available to anyone and can make a difference of surviving a storm on the road. Essential items to include in the winter first aid kit for the car are:

  • Water
  • Blankets
  • Energy bars
  • Kitty litter or sand for traction
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Wool hats and gloves
  • Ice scraper
  • First aid kit

Your winter-driving preparedness should also include keeping at least a half tank of gas in your car in the winter months and keeping chains and a shovel in the trunk. This kind of planning can save you precious time and may even save your life.

If you are traveling in your car during a storm, drive slowly, preferably in a low gear, and stay at least 100 feet behind the vehicle in front of you. Traffic lights may be out, so treat each intersection as a four-way stop. Listen to the local radio station for updates, road closures and possible detour announcements to get you safely to your destination.

If you are fortunate enough to be inside your home when the weather turns nasty, cozy up to the fireplace and enjoy the weather. If you are in Georgia or South Carolina, or would like to relocate to the area, then check out the floor plans of the many wonderful homes in the planned communities designed and built by Landmark 24 Homes. Landmark 24 plans feature many homes with gas and electric fireplaces to keep you warm and comfortable even in the very worst storms Mother Nature can bring.