April 27, 2017

Ten Fall Preparedness Projects

Fall Prepper Projects

The leaves are turning beautiful colors, the temperatures are cooling, the air is crisp; this is my favorite time of year! This is also the time of year where we should take care of a few projects to square away our preps before winter sets in. Even if you don’t live in MinnesSNOWta, there are plenty of things to be done! Here are ten fall preparedness projects I came up with.

  1. Change out the clothing in your BOB from summer gear to fall/winter gear.
  2. Gather and save fallen leaves for next year’s compost. Along with kitchen scraps, a great approach is to add equal parts brown (fallen leaves) and green, (grass clippings). You can save the leaves in plastic bins, or in garbage bags, just make sure they are in a dry area; if they get wet, they’ll rot.
  3. Cover crop or mulch over your garden beds. One great method for this is mulching leaves as you mow, and dumping this on the beds.
  4. I suggest checking your smoke alarms twice a year on daylight savings, which is on November 2nd this year.
  5. Flash lights; if you keep batteries in your flashlights, make sure they haven’t started to corrode and make sure the flashlight still works. Another way to keep the batteries near the flashlight but not inside it is to put them in a plastic bag and secure the bag to the flashlight with a rubber-band.
  6. Winterize your car. By this, I don’t just mean the usual car care. Make sure you have cold weather preps in your car; Blankets, Heat for the gas tank, inspect ice scraper and jumper cables, replace if necessary.
  7. Make sure the medicine cabinet is ready for colder weather, especially if you have a little petri dish, err, sorry, I mean child in public schools. I swear as soon as the kids started back to school, we started in with the sniffles! I include cold and flu meds, cough drops and syrup, throat spray and also lotion for cracking itchy skin and Chap Stick.
  8. Get your heating system inspected and tuned up. Usually less than $100 can get you a good inspection.
  9. Consider your emergency heat and what you might do if power goes out for a few days.
  10. If you live where it snows, get your snow blower tuned up well before the first major snowfall. I see at least one story every year after the first major snowstorm on how there are no new snow blowers available, and small engine repair shops are backed up.

Can you think of any projects that can help us get ready for winter?
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Comments

  1. Chris, thanks for these reminders. Down here in Okla, our fall comes a little later than Minn. We usually get our first frost in Nov. Hope u & ur family are doing well.

    • Chris Ray says:

      weather here can be so strange, we’ve had 40 degree days through December, and also seen 3 feet of snow on Halloween on different years.

  2. Chris, thanks for these reminders. Down here in Okla, our fall comes a little later than Minn. We usually get our first frost in Nov. Hope u & ur family are doing well.

  3. Round up all of the falling leaves you can and throw them in your compost pile … yeah I know, not a preparedness project, but, when those leaves break down, you will have some very healthy soil.

  4. Fall is the beginning of “soup and chili” season. Good time to rotate your stock.
    Gasoline is cheaper until Thanksgiving travel. Good time to rotate that too. Don’t forget the “Stabil” Label the cans with the date.
    Clean the chimney, split more wood, caulking, check the roof before snow sits on it, clean the gutters, put extra insulation in the attic to prevent “ice dams”, get window film kits if yours draft, find your tire chains, check the air pressure in the tires and spare, fill up the windshield cleaner tank, buy de-icer.
    I’ll be frying some green tomatos when we get a frost.
    plant some cold weather plants if I can.
    Need manure, vermiculite and peat moss for the garden to mix with the green and brown. look up “lasagnia gardening”.
    Does the list really EVER END???!!!

  5. Rabid Conservative says:

    Something I’ve been doing to get ready for winter (which I wish I’d done in the past), is winterize all the gas powered tools I won’t be using during the winter, such as my “trash” pump, weed eater, power washer, etc. This entails changing the oil in all of the 4 cycle engines, removing water from any pumps and lines, where necessary, and putting a fuel stabilizer in the gas tanks of all of them. After adding your fuel stabilizer, remember to run the engine for 5-10 minutes to make sure it travels through the whole fuel system, otherwise the untreated gas can gum up your carburetor, making it impossible to restart in the spring.

  6. Nice ten points! Good advice! :)

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