Resources for Southern Winter Storms


Published:

Image provided by Shutterstock

I scoured Pinterest for links to resources that we, as Southerners, might find useful during this and future winter storms. During my search, I found several resources you might want to keep handy.

It was difficult for me to convey to my northern cousins the dangers of a forecast with freezing rain. They see a quarter to a half-inch of freezing rain as no different than a quarter or half inch of rain. But we know that the rain freezes on contact and builds up, weighing down power lines and branches until they snap under the massive weight. Water is the strongest element on Earth; just ask the banks of a swollen river or the coast after a tsunami. When it freezes, even a giant oak is no match for its force. So we have to be prepared for power outages. Here are great tips from Mother’s Niche.

Just because we have no power for three to five days doesn’t mean we can’t cook. People cooked for thousands of years before electricity was invented. From Melissa Norris’ How-To Articles, here are 11 Ways to Cook Off-Grid Without Power.

Since we might not have a refrigerator and we can’t simply throw everything outside — cold, nasty weather might take the power out, but sunny days with highs in the 50s are typical before power is restored. That’s why we stock up on canned foods. And that’s why we need recipes like these:

8 Can Taco Soup via Tealgate Farms

7 Can Soup via The Pioneer Woman

With no power, the tablets, laptops, smartphones and game consoles will be rendered useless. Therefore, we need ways to keep the family entertained. Every home should have a basket or shelf filled with “manual” games and activities. Included are decks of cards and card games, coloring books, crayons and colored pencils, little cars, dolls and more. In addition to the manual games, here are activities families can play together:

14 Fun Indoor Family Games (No Board Necessary) via What Do We Do All Day

20 Family Game Night Ideas via Playtivities

Of course, while we do have power, we want to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the winter weather. Here are ways to do that, including how to make snow cream:

5 Things You Need to Do When the Weather Has You Stuck at Home

The Best 9 Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipes Ever

Stay safe, warm and well.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

15 Things to Do This Weekend in the Triad (June 9-11)

Weekend events, activities, and fun things to do for kids of all ages in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, High Point and surrounding area.

Local Students Assist with Development of New Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum Play

"The Sky Game" opens Friday, June 16 at Delta Arts Center in Winston-Salem.

Free Movies for Families in the Triad

Free movies for kids, teens and families in Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Kernersville
Edit Module

About this Blog

The Daily Post

Hot topics in the realms of parenting and family life.


About This Blog

Myra Wright has been the editor of Piedmont Parent since 2007 and is mom to three kids, ages 16, 13 and 8. Here, she blogs about parenting as well as news and events for Piedmont Triad parents.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Newsletter Sign-Up

Stay connected to what's going on for kids and families in the Triad by signing up for our FREE e-newsletters!

Subscribe

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Annual Guides

Education Guide

The all-new 2015-2016 Education Guide is packed with everything parents need to know to navigate more than 500 education options and resources in the Triad, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools and academic resources.

GPS [Go. Play. See]

It's your complete family guide to Triad living. Parents are busy and on the go. Use this guide to help you explore all this great area offers for families in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and surrounding communities.

Exceptional Child

For parents of kids with special needs, finding help and support can be challenging. We've compiled valuable resources for Triad parents in our latest annual publication, Exceptional Child, which is also available as a digital guide.