#1 - GOOD burning wood in the house
More in the garage.........and more outside
#2 - A landline phone (your wireless phones won't work)
#3 - Ice melt
#4 - Weather radio
#5 - Battery powered lights...I have several of these plus a hand crank radio and light, flashlights, and a 3 way lantern
#6 - Ice grippers that go on my shoes.......
#7 - Extra ice to keep the freezer cold in case we lose power which is pretty much a given! I have water and that's not a concern since city water here flows even without electric....a MIRACLE! But if you have well water you need to ensure you have plenty since grocery stores will either not be open even days after the storm or the distributors will not be able to deliver for days and the shelves will be empty. After the last storm there was no water or ice or batteries...even gas was hard to come by so fill up your tank.
#8 - And of course canned goods, extra batteries, and oh! Where did that cute little mushroom come from? I couldn't resist...it is cute isn't it? My favorite color combo right now...red and turquoise!
I also came up with a plan for keeping the heat in the room where the fireplace is as this house is sprawling and it could not possibly heat this whole house. So........
I have a tension rod here in the doorway with some curtains I got at a garage sale and were still in the box I brought them home in! LOL!
Below is a big doorway that is between the family room, where the fireplace is, and the living room. This was tougher....I took the tension shower curtain rod from the bathroom but it was just a "smidgin" short so I put 2 nails on each side and it gave it just enough width to make it! Whew! I may need to tack the sides too and also safety pin some towels to the bottom to extend the length but I think it will help.
See what I mean...........Grace was testing the clearance...LOL! The girls are a little nervous as they know something is up. What's strange is the name of the storm, "Q", as my parents who lived down here were known as Mr. and Mrs. "Q" because their last name was so hard to pronounce. I think they're helping me stay safe.
I hope where ever you are that you "Hope for the best but prepare for the worst"!
P.S. Also, to keep your pipes from freezing let your faucets drip a little.
This storm is affecting many people across the U.S. and I wish you all to stay safe and warm!