Winter Storm Survival: How To Stay Warm And Survive The Cold

Preparing for winter isn’t really so much work these days. With these great tips for winter survival, you’ll be able to maintain the comfort of your homes in such extreme weather conditions.



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Winter is coming, and these winter storm survival tips might spell the difference between life and death. Learn how to survive the dreaded winter storms here!

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Stay Alive and Well with These Winter Storm Survival Tips

Winter Storm Preparedness

People in areas affected by these storms are sometimes unable to leave their homes for days or weeks at a time. Some snowstorm effects have people end up trapped in their car on the highway.

Power outages can last for hours, days or even weeks. In short, if you're going to survive a winter storm of this magnitude, you need to be prepared.

We've had several posts on our site full of survival tips for the winter weather. We've decided to compile them all in one list so you can have a go-to place for winter storm survival.

Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do about power outages. What we can do instead is find alternative ways to heat our home, with or without electricity.

Here's how to prepare for a winter storm, plus a few of our favorite seasonal tips for winter storm survival.

1. Heating Your Home

You have to be ready in any possible situation and consider the lack of resources, especially in winter. What if there is no electricity?


Know what options you have in order to maintain a comfortable temperature at home. Click here for home warming tips in the winter.

2. Energy Saving

Saving energy in your home not only saves you the dollars after the winter but also allows you to participate in saving the environment in your own little ways.

Here are some energy-saving tips you can utilize at home.

3. Warming Up a Room

The terracotta pots concentrate the heat using convection. While you won’t heat a whole house with it, it can definitely warm your hands and make a cold night much more bearable with this method.

What Is Terracotta? It is a building and modeling material which is clay-based and where unglazed and usually brownish-red earthenware is made from.

Click here to learn how to make terracotta pot candles.

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4. Getting Your Vehicle Winter Storm Ready

Preparing your car for the cold is just as important as preparing your home.


After all, you never know where you'll be when a nasty winter storm hits. Here are our tips for getting your vehicle winter-ready.

5. Safe Driving Tips for Winter Travel

Extreme weather conditions require you to be even more aware of your safety on the road. You don't want to get stuck in the middle of nowhere on a blizzard.

Follow these to make sure you get where you need to go and make it back safely this year. Here are some useful tips for your safe winter driving for your safe return indeed.

6. Prepare a Survival Kit with Winter Storm Essentials

Don't let a blizzard catch you by surprise and always be ready with your needs whether at home or on the road.

Of course, you always anticipate a blizzard during the winter season so you know now what to do with your supplies back home.


Being on the road or getting caught in some kind of emergency is a different story, so you might want to take these tips to prepare a winter bug out bag. Overall, make sure your survival essentials and winter preparedness checklist are in order.

7. Winter Gardening and Homesteading

Just because it's cold out doesn't mean you have to stop gardening, or there's no longer work to be done around the home.


Here are our tips to take care of your garden, livestock, and the rest of your homestead during winter.

Watch this video of a DIY candle-powered air heater by desertsun02:

These useful winter storm survival tips should be able to help you winter-proof your home and get through the cold season.

I tend to put more attention to my car though because I fear getting stranded on the streets in a storm more than anything else.

So I never fall short in prepping my car for any possibilities. You too could use these winter survival tips and make it through the season and survive any situation in winter.

What will you prioritize getting prepared for when a winter storm hits? Tell us about your own winter storm survival plans in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 23, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  13. Laurance Brown

    February 6, 2018 at 6:54 PM

    I live in western South Dakota when we loose power I have purchased numerious OIL wick lanterns. These do provide excellent heat and light during a blackout.
    P.S. my mobile home is total electric. 3 years ago I had no lanterns, just candles and almost froze to death during our 4 1/2 day blackout. using the pots is a very good idea. I didn’t think of this, now I’ll need to get to the store and pick up a few such pots and some bricks.
    HMmm ….wonder if heating a couple of cinder blocks would work?

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  20. Patrick B.

    November 16, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Great article. Heating a Room – is just that. In an emergency situation where you are limited in your heating abilities.. Just heat one room… Place blankest over all doors / windows / hallways for insulation. Move everything vital into that room and share that warmth.. Eat/sleep/cook in that room… Respectfully, The Break Away Homesteader.

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