Preparing for a Snowstorm

If a winter storm is headed your way, you’ll want to make sure your household is ready.

Two days before the winter storm

To avoid the crowds, there are a few things you’ll want to do two days prior to a winter storm:

  • Take inventory and go grocery shopping.  Think about which non-perishable items you want to have on hand.  Don’t forget pet food, baby supplies, prescriptions and cash.
  • Fill up your cars with gas.
  • Do laundry.
  • Turn the refrigerator to the coldest setting, in case of a power outage.

One day before the big storm

The day before the winter storm, take care of the following things:

  • Set up area with radio, flashlights, and lanterns
  • Complete “Backyard patrol” (one last chance to clean up after your pets)
  • Confirm access to gas grill and wood on patio
  • Move cars to one side of driveway (to make for easy snow plowing or snow blowing)
  • Make brownies or apple coffee cake for guys who shovel; newspaper carrier
  • Charge all devices (cell phones, ipad, laptops etc.)

Here is a printable Winter Storm Checklist to help you prepare.  There is one sample checklist, and one blank one for you to personalize.

Winter Storm Checklist - Its Going to Snow

Winter Storm Checklist – Its Going to Snow



You may also want to check out the following websites which offer tips on preparing for a winter storm.  Just click on the links to access the site.


This website reviews the winter advisory terms to know.  It also provides helpful tips on food, water, heating, and vehicle safety.  The checklist format will help you confirm everything is covered.


This website explains food safety in detail.  You’ll want to know these rules in case of a power outage.

Stay safe everyone!

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