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Preparing for Snow Storms

Through experience, people learned that to survive snow storms, floods, fires, hurricanes... any significant event mother nature through their way, being prepared was vital, and 'prepping' was a normal part of everyday living.

Because convenience and grocery stores are on most street corners, modern people have mostly ignored this advice. But after COVID, we were reminded that the unthinkable can happen. When it does, there will be long lines and shortages of essential items—This is a history lesson we should not forget.

Our ability to get essentials during significant weather events is even more difficult for those who live in Munds Park because of our remote location.

So take a moment, review this list and ensure you, your family, and your pets have everything needed in case of power outages and sheltering in place is needed.

Understand Weather Alerts

A WATCH means Be Prepared! Go to the store, get what you need and have essential tasks complete.

A WARNING means Take Action! A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property. People in the path of the storm need to take protective action.

Supplies Needed


Have one gallon per person daily for at least five to 10 days for drinking and sanitation. While your pet may not need that much, keep an extra gallon on hand to use if your pet has been exposed to chemicals or flood waters and needs to be rinsed.


  • Have at least a five-day supply of non-perishable food for each person and pet in your home.

  • Paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils

  • Manual can opener (for food)

Medications and Personal Supplies

  • Have a 1-month supply of prescribed medications.

  • Have on hand non-prescription medications such as pain relievers.

  • Contact lens solution

  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items


  • Purchase a battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with a tone alert.

  • Before storms, always fully charge cell phones. It's always good to have cell phone chargers and a backup battery for power outages.

  • Make sure important contacts are on your phone and that you have a hard copy available.

Emergency Supplies

  • First aid kit

  • Cash or traveler's checks

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Matches in a waterproof container

  • Flashlight with extra batteries

  • Candles


  • Moist towelettes

  • Garbage bags and plastic ties

  • Diapers

  • Cat litter

  • Doggie potty pads


Important family documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records, are saved electronically and in hard copies stored in a waterproof, portable container.


  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and secure carriers to transport pets safely and ensure they can't escape.

  • Ensure that your cat or dog is wearing a collar and identification that is always up to date-and visible.

  • Carriers should be large enough to allow your pet to stand comfortably, turn around and lie down. (They may have to stay in it for hours at a time.) If your pet is prone to chewing items, inspect the carrier's inside to ensure that your pet can't dislodge or ingest items that could cause injury.


  • Paper and pencil

  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities

Tasks to Complete

  • Sign up for emergency alerts at Smart911.

  • Do you have enough propane? If you are on auto-fill, don't leave it to chance. Check your meter and ensure you have enough fuel to weather the storm. Remember, propane providers cannot deliver on icy snow-filled paths once the storm has hit.

  • Call your favorite snow plower in advance and book them ahead of the storm.

  • Bring a supply of firewood into your cabin or somewhere close outside and weatherproof.

  • If you have a generator, ensure it is working correctly and has enough fuel on hand.

  • If you have a gate to get onto your property, open it before the storm, or you may not get the gate open if there is a lot of snowfall.

  • Have your car ready in case you need to leave. Consider having emergency supplies in your vehicle, such as a blanket, warm clothing, a first aid kit, and boots.

  • Know where you will go if your home becomes too cold. Line up tentative plans to stay with friends or family. If you are cold and you can't get out or it is too dangerous, do not hesitate to call 911.

  • Plan to check on loved ones and neighbors to make sure they are staying warm. This is especially important for older adults and babies.

We are always open to local feedback. If you have ideas about sheltering in place, please let us know at


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