America on Ice. How do you prepare yourself and your family for winter storm?

@polachicago (19143)
United States
January 17, 2007 10:18am CST
Death toll of 54 across nine states, with 20 in Oklahoma. Some 320,000 homes and businesses still without electricity In California, three nights of freezing weather have destroyed up to three-quarters of the state's $1 billion citrus crop. Forecasters say more freezing temperatures on the way. Are you prepared? What is your survival plan?
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• United States
18 Jan 07
Our Family makes sure we have 5 working flashlight,a backup generator,plenty of water, canned goods,blankets and some extra batteries.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
18 Jan 07
It looks like I need backup genarator. Good idea. I guess I fail with water and batteries as well.
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@lynn3024 (198)
• Canada
17 Jan 07
here in canada we are used to freezing weather, snow storms , no power. etc first thing you do when you here a storm is coming is go out and do whatever you have to do so that you don't have to go out during the storm. and basically sit inside and watch the snow fall. oh and go out and keep your step shoveled off so that you'll be able to open your door when the storm is over.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I am in Chicago and we have very cold winters here, almost as cold as in Canada. Nothing new, but we never run out of power.
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@mythmoh (3994)
• United States
17 Jan 07
i am in california and for the past 4 days it is very much cold.when i went out i cant able to go to the shop from the parking lot..it was very cold and freezy.so decided to stay indoors.keeping high temperature in the heater.wearing fleece and jackets,shoes.using always warm water.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Do you have winter clothes in California?
@mythmoh (3994)
• United States
18 Jan 07
now due to this strange climatic behaviour every shop is flooded with winter cloths.
• United States
18 Jan 07
I heard about that, I really feel bad for those people this is terrible. Where I live it does not snow, Florida. When it's really cold I bundle up and make sure my heater is on. My prayers go out to everyone going through that weather.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I was in Florida idn December 2003, was really cold.
@shogun49 (437)
• United States
17 Jan 07
My only plan is staying indoors with lots of warm blankets to cover with. Or stay with my cousin in Arizona.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I guess the weather is good in Arizona...
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
17 Jan 07
pheonix was as cold as las vegas 29 degrees for us thats cold!
@medooley (1875)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Well since I always know that winter is eventually going to come here in Iowa. This year we did not get our first snow until a week ago. And I really don't count it as winter until there is standing snow on the ground. I like to make sure that our shovels are ready to go, make sure we have some salt to melt ice, and just keep up on the shoveling so it doesn't get to out of hand. Also you have to make sure that the cars are ready to go. Check the oil, air in tires, antifreeze, all that good stuff. Make sure you have a nice window scraper. Also, make sure there is some blankets in the car in case we would happen to get stranded somewhere.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Thank you for nice advice. Blankets? I never think about it, tanks a million. I will do it today :)
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
17 Jan 07
staying in the house all cooped up . we didnt get snow and ice justt he cold blast we were lucky
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Ok, I have 3 small moving heaters (my dogs and cat), they always want to be close.
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@adidas7878 (2013)
• United States
22 Mar 07
i am not really prepared for winter, i guess i stay at my business all day which i spend most of my day there, we have enough food to stay there for over a month just for four people, so i guess there is our back up plan. if we ever got stuck in a blizzard
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
22 Mar 07
it is almost 70 F in Chicago today...I don't miss winter
@imadriscoll (2235)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Besides having blankets in your car it's always a good idea to have extras... extra boots, hats, mittens, scarves, those hand warmers, etc. This is especially important if you have children. Make sure the gas bill is paid and on time so that we never have to go without heat! But if the electricity went out we'd have to pack up and go live with someone until it was up and running... perhaps to Medooley's house as he seems prepared. :)
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
24 Jan 07
great idea, than you.....
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
19 Jan 07
That is so terrible. I wish them all a good luck with that.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Did you hear about London? It was so windy.