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Old 02-13-15, 10:48 PM
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What do you do to prepare for a snowstorm?

Here in the Northeastern US, there has been an accumulation of quite a bit of snow lately. Those of you in the Boston area know that the best, especially since National Guard units from a number of states have been sent to help dig you out. While I'm used to there being a considerable amount of snow every winter I will admit I'm not used to there being so much of it at once! And yet there is to be 12-16 inches more of it over the next 2 days with strong, cold winds.

I've lived in other towns under similar weather conditions which brought not only massive amounts of snow, but caused failure of electrical service. After experiencing this a number of times, I've learned to take preparations for them in advance. Here are some of them.
1. I've learned to shop for food before the storm arrives. The items I buy are ones that don't need to be cooked or heated and won't go bad easily.
2. Keep items such as battery operated flashlights, lantern(s), a radip, and a considerable supply of batteries.
3. Extra warm clothing and blankets.
4. Drinking water.
5. Warm coat or Parka with gloves.
6. Cell phone. If used sparingly, it will work for days before the battery dies out.
7. Well-equipped first aid kit.
8. Shovel

What do you do to prepare for a massive winter storm?

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Old 02-13-15, 10:50 PM
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I am always prepared we don't have snow storms here but im prepared for anything
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My wife swears by candles. Also a deck of cards and/or board games helps to pass time while the sun is up.
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I make sure I have plenty of cold beer, put on clean shorts and a T-shirt.
Open a beer and watch the weather channel.

(It was 90 here today in SoCal)
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I drink some hot chocolate and take a nap.
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I prepare by putting a big smile on my face, because I know I'll be using my tractor/snowblower again
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Old 02-13-15, 11:59 PM
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We have a gas fireplace, which comes in handy. It's only 'electrical' component is battery powered. So that covers heat. Battery backup units will actually keep the satellite TV equipment, internet, and routers stay on for a few hours. So if it's a short power outage; I don't even have to give up the internet (though there's always cellular internet.)

Charge the phones in the car. Got a propane camping stove to cook food (or the gas grill outside which also has a gas side-burner. We were out of power over the fall for about 8 hours due to equipment failure, according to the electric company. Put a cast-iron skillet on the grill and made dinner!) Candles keep things lit. We actually keep canned food all the time (I really like Campbells Chili). If a storm is forecasted we might stock up on non-perishable stuff. Why people hoard bread and milk and meat and other spoilable things is beyond me. If I really feel I'm going to be 'holed up' for a week, I'll get canned goods, bottled water, soup mixes, etc. Stuff that won't spoil if I lose power.

Pro-tip: If the power goes out, don't open the fridge. Period. Food can last for days in a fridge that is never opened. It loses a lot of the 'cold' right away when you open it. Leave it closed and it'll be fine. Or, alternatively (since it's winter), put the food outside! Many years ago we were out of power for 14 days due to an ice storm. We actually wheeled the fridge out onto the back deck!

Generators are nice too. I don't have one right now but I've had one in the past. Our power is underground here so it's really reliable (well, unless some sort of equipment fails at the substation!) Especially being on a private well, it would be nice to keep the well going, and a couple of outlets and lights in the home. You don't need a whole-house generator. A decent good-sized portable generator with a junction box wire to the breakers that run the well pump, the (gas, wouldn't run electric) hot water heaters, and wired to a couple of breakers that keep certain outlets on (probably the kitchen outlets so the fridge stays on. Charge phones in there) and a couple of lights throughout the house.
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Not many snow storms here, but lots of ice storms. Trees down over power lines a lot and the roads get unpassable. I've personally never had a milk sandwich but it seams to be popular because everyone buys out the milk and bread in the stores. A generator,candles and make sure the camper has is full on its LP just in case. We have an insert for the fireplace and the generator to circulate air. 3 days has been the longest yet, so no real big deal. Parents live about 15 miles away and we've never been without power at the same time. It's funny, the kids love it when the power goes out. Lots of board games... Maybe I should switch the breaker off every once in a while for family night.
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1. Thank the deity du jour.
2. Grab skis and/or snowshoes.
3. Hook up the dogs.
4. Go play.
5. Kick back with a tasty bevy.
6. Take a nap. (optional)
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Look at relative's snow pictures on Facebook.
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Try to get in one last ride!

Two weeks ago I went out too soon after the show and there were large patches of ice and snow. Was so happy to be out again, I wasn't paying attention, hit one of them, and went down hard. No bike damage, but I hit on the same spot as my artificial hip joint! Apparently no hip damage but sore for about a week. Doc must have done a good job!

From here on out I wait til the roads are clear so all I have to deal with is the gravel!
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Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
I prepare by putting a big smile on my face, because I know I'll be using my tractor/snowblower again
I don't smile when I do that, and keeping plenty of gas on hand makes it easy to use the snowblower.
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Old 02-14-15, 11:40 AM
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Firewood!
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Old 02-14-15, 02:09 PM
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I get ready in the summer for hurricanes, so not too much different. I live south shore Long Island so we generally don't lose power (local village power system) and do not have a fireplace or wood stove.

We also camp, so have all the required paraphernalia, so can keep warm.

I buy rock salt early in the season, change the oil on the snow thrower, buy gas a day or 2 before a storm, shop as needed, but unless it's 3 ft or so, it's not like civilization comes to a halt, so just sit it out.

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I'm pretty well set. I have food for several days, I've got batteries for my LED emergency lamp and a book to read. The only thing that worries me is that I didn't get a studded tire or two, thinking that the worst of winter was over. I think that my boss will still want me to get to work. But Monday looks like nasty weather.
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The locals flip out and clean out the bread and milk. It's always fun to see.

I get canned stuff (that doesn't need cooked), candles, lighter, pet food and some sort of hobby stuff around. Then I charge up the dumb phones and devices and call it good.
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Gas for the snowblower and generator. Cars also filled up.
We generally have a few days worth of food in the house. Water.
We have a bunch of portable battery chargers for cel phones as well as car chargers.
Firewood stacked up in the garage for the wood stoves.
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Originally Posted by powerhouse View Post
Here in the Northeastern US, there has been an accumulation of quite a bit of snow lately.
I was going to say move but it's probably too late for that.

(And BTW we were in Maine last September and I really enjoyed the visit. We drove from Boston to Bar Harbor and back. Some parts are way too touristy for me though.)

Seems to me that warm clothing, plenty of food and water, batteries. You can get plenty of extra battery power sources to keep a cellphone going, even a tablet. A small propane stove will heat up small meals for a long time as long as you don't try to do a lot of long cooking. If I was in an area where power outages were expected I would have a generator. If there was any question about natural gas interruption I would have my own propane source or at least a kerosene heater.

But where I live the chances of outages are very slight. Every few years we might have a power outage for part of an hour. A few years ago where I lived we had a transformer out back next to our driveway. One night the power went out and I went outside to see several guys with big trucks working on that transformer. They eventually brought a new one and installed it. I noticed everybody backing up to get away from the transformer, so I backed up with them. They had sent someone over to the power pole to turn the high voltage back on. Nothing serious happened and we had electricity again.
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Rush out and buy 3 weeks worth of food in case we lose power for a few hours.
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I always have lights, batteries, food, water, first aid etc. The only thing I do is fill the gas tank for the back up generator, and fill the extra gas cans. That will power my furnace, all kitchens things, fridge, microwave, disposal. etc.
Also my TV, my internet some lights, and plenty of power to charge things like cell phones. I also have kerosene heaters that can heat the house, and a fireplace and wood. I have a 4wd vehicle, and a bike dedicated to studded tires ready at all times. I have the capacity and a power cord that will carry the load to do at least my neighbors furnace and refrigerator.

So I get the camera and go for a ride.

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The storm is now raging outside. The snow is falling with strong winds and temps below zero. But it is warm indoors with the electricity still on. Having everything on the list I mentioned earlier. I've changed the batteries in all of my flashlights and the radio and recharged my cell phone. My LED lantern stands ready for use with its own supply of spare batteries. I have plenty of food and water as I won't be going outside until the storm is over.
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Move to the other Coast.

2007 the Tropical Pacific Cyclone made its way up here pushed by the typical Pacific northwest storm Track.

then the 100mph winds blew down a Lot of timber and the Power Poles , so electricity and phone was out for days ..

we had things are thawing in the freezer Feasts .. & went to the Fish Processors For Ice

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Move to the other Coast.
We're full.
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I always have lights, batteries, food, water, first aid etc. The only thing I do is fill the gas tank for the back up generator, and fill the extra gas cans. That will power my furnace, all kitchens things, fridge, microwave, disposal. etc.
Also my TV, my internet some lights, and plenty of power to charge things like cell phones. I also have kerosene heaters that can heat the house, and a fireplace and wood. I have a 4wd vehicle, and a bike dedicated to studded tires ready at all times. I have the capacity and a power cord that will carry the load to do at least my neighbors furnace and refrigerator.
You are too well prepared, they will probably be expecting you at work early Monday morning and you won't have an excuse.
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You are too well prepared, they will probably be expecting you at work early Monday morning and you won't have an excuse.
OMG !!! You're right. Come get all my stuff.

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