I don’t have a big family but for us, Winter means cold and fun like sledding or skiing, so I always think of dense food like Trail mix, and Water! Think about what you already have around the house that can be used for warmth—Blankets, Sleeping bags; do you have a fire place with fuel or a space heater?
I prepare during the summer by purchasing the coming winter’s heating Kerosene during the summer, when it is the cheapest.
Top up the diesel generator’s 55 gal fuel drum.
Top up the 55 gal clear Kerosene drum for emergency lighting, heating and cooking.
Have a selection of freeze-dried food and MRE’s for 2 weeks.
Ensure the Generator battery is good.
Jump box is good.
Ensure the Batteries for the Inverter are in good shape.
Cycle the inverter to make sure it switches over correctly.
Test the backup water pump and 80 gal fresh water tank.
Ensure the hand crank radio and flashlights charge and operate correctly.
Top up all Kerosene lamps.
Ensure all Perfection Kerosene heaters are ready for service.
Takes about 2 hrs, with practice.
Lights out, and no power is NOT the time to start prepping!
Make sure you have an emergency reflective heat blanket for everyone in the family including pets. These blankets are great price got them for 2for 3 dollars and then outside heavy blankets (quilts ect) you put the reflective inside pets beds and around humans then put heavy blanks on outside this keeps the body heat in. food supply for at least one week for everyone and water as well. I purchased pet coats and got them used to wearing them hard at first sometime. For humans warm leggings for under pants or skirts, socks shirts warm hats ect. All this is easy and can be done on a budget. Remember when storing food check dates regularly and eat what is coming close to expiring then restock. I do have some long time storage food, but some food like ( lunch bars canned soup ect) has a good shelf life and is a regular staple especially with kids no cooking required. Hope this helps if you do have a fireplace or extra heat source it will be good to make sure all is in order and you have fuel for it.
I have a big family 7 boys 1 girl and a husband with a dog and two cats what can I get to protect all of us