With the threat of an ice storm or significant snow accumulation there are certain things we do around here to make sure that we are prepared.
First, we check that all oil lamps are full and wicks are trimmed, flashlights have good batteries, radio has batteries.
Second, in the event of an ice storm, we make sure that any thing outside that we may need to use ( shovels, firewood, hay) is under cover or easily accessible.
Third, is there plenty of bottled water for cooking, washing and animals? Our good neighbor has a hand pump we can use to water our animals in the event that we should lose power. Do we have enough buckets?
Fourth, I'll make a big pot of soup so that meals will be easy to prepare and clean up after.
Fifth, a last load of laundry, just in case.
Sixth, I will move any meat in the kitchen refridgerator to the freezers in the garage just to make sure that the meat will keep. Even if we lose power, the freezers will stay colder out in an unheated building than if they were in the house.
Well, gotta get to work....