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Preparing for Winter Storms in Northwest Indiana

February 1, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Preparing for A Winter Storm in Northwest Indiana by Jim SimsAs many, hopefully all, of you are aware, we have a snow storm heading our way. Although some of the schools throughout Northwest Indiana have already cancelled classes, some are preparing for early dismissal.

To help the residents throughout Northwest Indiana stay safe, here are some helpful tips for preparing for what some are calling “The Blizzard of 2011”.

  1. Make sure to stock up on non-perishables such as canned goods and bottles of water just in case it is a day or two before you are able to leave your home.
  2. Prepare an emergency bag with items like flashlights, batteries, battery operated radio/television, non-electrical can opener, first aid kit and candles in case the power goes out.
  3. Have a bag of warm clothes (sweaters, sweatshirts, socks, gloves, hats, etc.) and blankets ready for each member of your family stored in one area. If the power does go out or you lose heat, you will not have to search through a closet to find additional warm clothing.
  4. Put any items used regularly such as diapers, baby food, formula, medications, etc in an area that will be easily accessed in the case of a power outage.
  5. Stay inside when possible.
  6. Stay tuned to news and weather updates on your local news or radio station.
  7. Have items such as rolled up towels ready to cover any drafts that may be coming in through doors or windows in case you lose heat.
  8. Have entertainment planned and ready such as board games, cards, books, coloring books for children or adults that enjoy coloring.
  9. Check that other sources of heat are in proper working order such as fireplaces, space heaters, etc.
  10. Check with neighbors, friends and family before and after the storm to make sure they have everything ready for their families as well.

After the storm has passed:

  1. Shovel yourself out as needed but take your time! Do not overexert yourself by trying to shovel quickly. This can lead to many types of injuries.
  2. Check on your neighbors, friends and family to ensure their safety.
  3. Once you have your drive and sidewalk cleared, check with neighbors, especially the elderly, to see if they need assistance clearing their way out too.
  4. Check through the house to ensure everything is still in working order if there was a loss of power or to make sure the pipes didn’t freeze.

Please feel free to share any other tips for preparing you and your home for a winter storm in Northwest Indiana.

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Jim Sims

Jim Sims is a licensed Realtor with McColly Real Estate. With a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Purdue University Calumet, he loves to leverage the best of today's technology to achieve his clients real estate goals. While Jim facilitates real estate needs throughout Northwest Indiana, he specializes in the Northern Porter County communities of Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Portage and Porter Indiana. Learn more about Jim and visit

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2 Responses to “Preparing for Winter Storms in Northwest Indiana”
  1. Great tips for those who will be glued to the weather channel for the snowpocalypse that has hit Northwest Indiana and the surrounding areas of Chicago. One recommendation for those who do have to leave their home tonight and tomorrow would be to plan extra time for their commute.


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