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75 Points Checklist to Conquer the Cold!


Many of these points are all season common for homes and offices.


BAU DOs:

1. Drink warm – tea/ coffee/ soup: enough of these

2. Warmers should already be out – keep them ready on order and use when needed

3. Get the pre-winter/ winter health checkup – get fresh prescriptions and stock your medicines

4. Get the pre-winter/ winter checkup of the vehicles

5. Always inform your spouse/ companion about your policies/ investments etc. Have nominations in all of these.

6. Know your neighbours – old people are more vulnerable – those alone may need more attention and care

7. Wash hands frequently with soap and water

8. Use hand sanitizer when soap is not available

9. Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth

10. Cough or sneeze over your elbow

11. Consider using masks in crowded places or during illness outbreaks

12. Dispose of tissues and masks properly

13. Regularly clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, etc.)

14. Use disinfectant wipes in common areas

15. Establish a routine for deep cleaning living spaces

16. Maintain regular exercise routines to support overall health

17. Consider indoor workout options during extreme weather


Emergency Kit:

18. Water (at least a 3-day supply, one gallon per person per day) – expiry date checked

19. Non-perishable food items – expiry date checked

20. First aid kit – expiry date checked

21. Flashlights with extra batteries – charged/ new

22. Blankets or sleeping bags

23. Warm clothing, gloves, and hats

24. Multipurpose tool or knife

25. Portable phone charger


Communication Plan:

26. Emergency contacts list – up-to-date

27. Family communication plan in case of separation

28. Establish a communication channel with neighbors for mutual support – exchange numbers, ask them if they are leaving home, tell them when you leave


Home Preparation:

29. Insulate pipes to prevent freezing

30. Seal drafts around windows and doors

31. Ensure heating systems are in good working order

32. Clean chimneys and flues – if you still have and use

33. Be aware of emergency shut-off procedures for gas, water, and electricity


Vehicle Readiness:

34. Winter tires and chains

35. Emergency car kit (blankets, flashlight, jumper cables, etc.)

36. Keep the fuel tank at least half full

37. Check antifreeze levels and ensure other fluids are topped off


Weather Monitoring:

38. Stay informed about weather forecasts

39. Install a weather app on your phone

40. Monitor local news and government alerts


Health and Safety:

41. Get a flu shot – wherever needed/ allowed

42. Stock up on essential medications – do not stockpile

43. Practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of illness

44. Create a health emergency plan for family members


Community Resources:

45. Identify local emergency shelters and resources

46. Join community preparedness programs or forums


Emergency Finances:

47. Keep some cash on hand

48. Ensure access to online banking in case of outages


Fire Safety:

49. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

50. Review fire escape plans with family members


Cold and Flu Preparedness:

51. Stay Informed

52. Be aware of flu symptoms and seek medical attention if necessary

53. Follow public health guidelines and recommendations

54. Stay informed about vaccine availability and updates

55. Ensure you have a supply of over-the-counter cold and flu medications

56. Stock up on tissues, cough drops, and other related supplies

57. Maintain a well-stocked pantry with nourishing foods


Quarantine and Isolation Plan:

58. Have a plan in place if someone in your household becomes sick

59. Designate a separate room and bathroom for the sick person

60. Plan for food and supplies delivery if needed


Telehealth Options:

61. Familiarize yourself with telehealth services for remote medical consultations

62. Ensure you have access to virtual pharmacy services


Mental Health Support:

63. Plan access to mental health resources/ support groups/ counsellors


Travel Precautions:

64. Be cautious about travel during severe weather conditions

65. Check road conditions and travel advisories


Educational Outreach:

66. Attend/ conduct workshops or webinars on winter preparedness for your community

67. Share informative content on social media platforms – use Daman’s Thermometer (copyrighted concept) before consumption and sharing


Global Perspective:

68. Consider cultural variations in winter preparedness

69. Research and integrate best practices from diverse regions


Technology Integration:

70. Utilize smart home technology for monitoring and control during emergencies

71. Encourage the use of emergency apps for real-time information


Training Programs:

72. Develop and conduct training programs for businesses and communities

73. Seek or offer consulting services for tailored emergency preparedness plans


Documentation and Review:

74. Document your emergency preparedness plan

75. Regularly review, test, and update the plan based on feedback and changing circumstances



(a downloadable playbook version will be issued soon - or you can write to daman@damandevsood.com to receive it on priority)

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