For those of us who live in the South, we are fortunate enough to experience sunshine and warm weather the majority of the year.  This winter has already shown the U.S. its’ wild side.  With thousands stranded in their cars and homes, it’s more important than ever to brush up on how to prepare for the wicked bite of winter.

Although a winter scene can be beautiful, failure to plan ahead can cause misery unlike any other season of the year; especially without cold-country experience.Planning a romantic getaway in the mountains this V-day? Stopping by to say hello to those in-laws up north? Don’t get caught unprepared for the below negative weather.

 Check out these 7 ways to prepare for a winter storm.

1. Pick up basic survival items (shovel, flashlights, batteries, bottled waters, blankets etc.)

2. Keep yourself warm (dress in layers, cuddle up, seal up any drafts)

3. Stay updated (watch the news, keep tabs on family members, listen to radio)

4. Anticipate a long power outage (put frozen items outside, plan some entertainment, keep the fridge closed)

5. Winterize your home (clear rain gutters, cut away tree branches, insulate pipes)

6. Invest in a carbon monoxide detector

7. Keep your supplies current.

Winter can be some pretty serious business.  Those of us who live in a “CAT State” –a catastrophe-prone state – know that being prepared is key. This includes having the right insurance coverage.

 Bankers has weathered an impressive 25+ catastrophes and offers exceptional customer service and claims response time. You don’t want to think it can happen to you, but, in the event of an emergency, you want an insurance company that knows precisely how to meet your needs.

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