I'm in the middle of a snow storm now. I have several cans of food saved up. I got some candles and a lighter and a flash light. I got to leave work early. My tires were covered in ice. Thought I would post on the topic on how to survive in winter as an orphan.
1. Store up extra cans of food before winter. I buy some extra cans and stuff them in the back of the cabinet and let them pile up over a few months. This way incase there is a storm and I can't go get food I will have food already. Also the stores were so busy before the storm and fights broke out. I was already prepared.
2. Collect some candles and a few lighters. They provide light and warmth. If you lose power you will have light and some warmth.
3. Make sure you have a flash light. I have a small crappy one. I figure candles will be enough. I will invest in a nice flashlight one day. Maybe the kind that don't need batteries and you just shake it to make it work.
4. Warm clothes and blankets. You will need to stay warm. If you lose power you may not be able to go to a shelter because of ice. So layer up and stay warm.
5. Get batteries to that radio. You will need to find out where nearby shelters are incase you lose power.
6. Charge up your phone. You my need to call in your are stuck with out food etc.
7. Keep that laptop battery fully charged. You can check the weather online and find local shelters.
8. Spare ice. I keep a bowl of frozen water in my freezer incase the pipes break and I have no water. This happened in the summertime. The water was shut off and I wanted some tea. So I melted some ice cubes and made some tea.
9. Keep your faucets dripping. All faucets, even the bath tub. A thin stream of water falling from your faucet will keep your pipes from freezing and breaking in below freezing temperatures. Below freezing is 32F degrees, Just so you know. And of course it is also 0C.
10. Keep that gas tank full. This keeps your tank from getting moisture in it and freezing. Also you may have to drive to get food or something. So keep your gas tank at least half way full all through winter.
11. I keep my windows covers with blankets to keep warm air in and cold air out.
12. When you are driving and you start to slide on ice or snow, pump your breaks. Not all cars have anti-lock breaks. My other cars did. My current car doesn't and I hate it.
13. Keep your car doors locked and don't leave anything valuable inside your car. There are many car thefts in the winter time. Keep you car clean and empty. So when burglars look inside they have no reason to break into your car.
14. Keep an ice scrapper in your car. You need to scrap that ice off your windshield before driving. Make sure to have your defroster on while your scrap that ice off and don't lock yourself out of your car.
15. Keep some extra blankets and flash light and canned food and can opener in the trunk of your car incase you get stranded somewhere. Very rare in the city but if you are out in the country this could save your life.
16. Also have a cell phone charger for you car. Yes, there are cell phone chargers that you can attached to your car cigarette lighter and it will charge your phone incase you break down and need to call for help. I once had one but I never used it.
17. Remember to call 911 for emergencies. I know that seems obvious but you would be surprises at what guardians never teach their kids.
18. NEVER pour hot water on ice. Never pour hot water on a frozen car windshield. It will crack. Scrapping is the best you can do.
I can't think of anything else. Stay warm. Summer is easier. Winter can be so dangerous. I hope I covered the most important stuff. Wow, the lights just flickered. Ice covers the power lines and car break them also cars can slide off the road and hit utility poles and thats how the power goes out usually. Its kinda scary. Some people are out of power for days. Oh shit. The lights are flickering again. AHHHH! No! I'm an orphan. I have no where to go and no one to take care of me. Don't let the power go out! This is Deathany reminding you that it sure sucks to be an orphan. Bye!