On Saturday, we made sure that we had plenty of fuel for the generator and that it started. We also made sure that the the tractor and four-wheeler had plenty of fuel and would start. These two pieces of equipment we use to remove snow from our long driveway.
All laundry was done on Saturday which was a beautiful day with temperatures in the 60s. Dishes was washed and we had stocked up on paper plates (so you don't have to wash so many dishes).
Plenty of water was put into gallon containers for flushing the toilet, doing dishes, and bathing.
Our stove is powered by propane so we knew we had a way to cook our meals. If your stove is electric you should probably have some sort of camp stove and or as many others do - use the grill. Be sure to use the grill outside not inside. But, we don't think you would have been able to use an outside grill during a blizzard. So, think what you can do safely if you are ever in that situation.
If you have a wood burning fireplace you can cook campfire style. If you decide to cook in your fireplace, do so safely. Remember that long hair, loose shirt tales, long dresses, etc. can catch fire if too close to the open flame.
Now, do you have things set aside to entertain the children during a power outage? Be prepared to hear, "I'm bored!"
Do you have an alternative way to heat your home safely during a power outage? If you have a wood burning fireplace, you can camp out in front of it.
Have you thought about your animals, both those who live inside and those who live outside? Especially, those who live outside.
What about your pantry? Is it stocked with items you can fix quickly over a camp stove or in a fireplace?
Next time you create your shopping list, be sure to add a couple of extra items and this way you can stock your pantry without having to spend a lot of money all at once.