In my part of the country, they are predicting up to 24″ of snow to fall in the next few days. We’re supposed to get anywhere from 3″-7″ between now and tomorrow morning. Then a second storm front will move in, dumping another foot or more through Wednesday. I receive weather alerts on my cell phone and yesterday, it finally gave up trying to keep track of everything and just said, “Look, just don’t make any plans, ok?” Living in the upper Midwest, we’re certainly well accustomed to snow. But, we don’t often get this much, all at once.
Knowing we might be stuck at home for a couple days, here’s what I did or am doing.
1) Went to the grocery store last night. Yes, we had plenty of food on hand to get through considerably more than a couple days. But, the store is only ten minutes from my home so I ran up there and picked up milk, eggs, bread, and some snacks.
2) Filled the gas tanks on both vehicles. Granted, we’ll probably not be doing much traveling during the blizzard but I’d rather not have to stop at a gas station if we do.
3) Queued up a few more movies on Netflix. If we lose power, we have plenty of books, board games, and other activities to keep us and the kids occupied. But, as long as the power stays on, we’re planning on a couple movie marathons.
4) Brought extra wood into the garage. We have a gas furnace but also a small wood stove. Several years ago, I set up a small wood bin in the attached garage, enough for a couple days’ worth of wood. I also have a couple lawn carts I’ll fill with wood, just so I don’t have to tramp through the snow to our wood pile. The wood stove will certainly keep us warm in the event we lose the furnace for some reason. Plus, we could cook on it if need be.
What is your normal routine in the event of impending blizzards?