How to Prepare For & Stay Warm During a Winter Storm

It’s safe to say winter has made a dramatic appearance here in Fairbanks! Slick driving conditions, power outages, and downright chilling temperatures have forced many businesses to close up shop until the storm has passed. If you recently decided to buy a home in Fairbanks, you’ve officially caught a glimpse of how unpredictable our weather can be. Although most homes in Alaska have been built to withstand subarctic temperatures, it’s a smart idea to be prepared in case your power goes out during a winter storm. To help you face the unexpected, here are our tips for being prepared and staying warm during a winter power outage.

Move all members of your household into one room
When your power goes out, the first step is to gather your emergency disaster kit and all members of your household into one room. This way, instead of trying to heat the entire house, you’re just focusing your attention on a small area. Ideally, this will be a room with a window on the southwest side of your home.

Keep the warm air inside
Put some distance between your body and the cold floor by layering throw rugs and carpeting throughout the room. You’ll also want to roll up and stuff towels or bed linens into the windowsills and underneath doors to prevent warm air from leaking out of the room.

Let the sunlight stream in
The key here is to allow sunlight to stream through the window and warm the room, but not to allow any of the heat you’ve generated internally to leave through the window. A great way to do this is to carefully hang a transparent shower curtain liner in front of the window.

Be prepared for next time
Every home needs to have an emergency disaster kit, which should be fully stocked and easily accessible during a winter power outage. The four main items you should include in your supplies are fuel, no-cook foods, light sources and batteries, and drinking water.

We hope these tips are helpful as you try to stay warm and wait out this vicious winter storm. Though the weather has a habit of interrupting the normalcy of daily life from time to time, winter in Alaska provides us with beautiful scenery and so many opportunities for outdoor recreation. From hiking, to snowmobiling, to Nordic skiing, to ice fishing, the benefits of living in Fairbanks make winter storms like this one seem like a minor inconvenience. As always, if you need any assistance buying a home in Fairbanks or settling into homeownership, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Wes Madden, CEO/Broker
Madden Real Estate
(907) 452-3000

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