This winter has not been good for anyone. If you have a disability, things might be a little worse. Preparation is a big key in keeping things as normal as possible.
Many of us faced a huge power outage during the ice storm. Being without power for a few hours is annoying but doable. However, being without power for a week, isn't unless you're ready.
- Have batteries available of all kinds.
- Keep your cellphone, iPads, motorized wheelchairs, scooters and anything else electric plugged in the day/night before the storm.
- If possible, save for a generator. It will help with some lights, fridge, heat, cell phones and whatever you choose to plug in.
- If you have a baby, stock up on diapers, wipes, formula and food.
- Stock up on non cold food. You will want snack food, bread, fruit, water etc. If you have children, they seem to eat more on snow days.
- Make sure all laundry is done before a big storm.
- Have plenty of blankets and candles with matches.
- Fill your gas tank beforehand.
- Make sure you have space heaters and extension cords,
- Shower before the storm.
- If you rely on an attendant, discuss a plan of action so you can still get care.
- Take help that is offered but say thank you!
- Prepare yourself with things to do for yourself and kids.
- Don't forget to stock up on dog/cat/fish and any other pet food.
- Make a plan for snow removal before it happens.
With these tips, you should be in good shape. Be patient and keep calm. This won't be forever.