Perhaps you too have spent the better part of the last few days digging out from the first major storm of the 2016, and of the season, to hit the east coast this year. Whether you call it by its “official” storm name, Jonas, or one of the made-up names affectionately doled out on social media (Snowmageddon2016, Snowpocalypse, Snowzilla, etc.), you’re still likely to be sitting under a blanket of one to two feet of snow if you are anywhere in our area. All of this snow has its effect on people. Some spend their post snow days feverishly digging out as soon as the last flake has fallen, afraid of the impending cabin fever. While some look at it as opportunity to cuddle up with some hot cocoa and binge watch 5 seasons of that show they’ve been dying to catch up on. Still others want to dig right in to the white stuff and see it as the perfect time to throw on the boots and hat, grab a sled, and get out there with the kids, or better yet, be a kid themselves. But before the flakes were falling, before we were packed in with 24+ (in my town) inches of the white stuff, there was the preparation.
Preparation, in the wake of an impending snowstorm forecast as “the big one,” “the storm of a lifetime,” and “the blizzard to end all blizzards” (all real monikers use in local media), as you would imagine can be quite an event. Before a single flake had been spotted, social media was crawling with photos of empty store shelves, and long lines at gas stations all around the mid-atlantic region. The expected flood of internet memes depicting empty bread shelves and stranded vehicles were in full effect. Inevitably conversations were had regarding how everyone would be preparing for what could be a big snow-in.
In reality, we all know that unless you are in a very rural area, an area prone to heavy flooding, or a location in which there is limited access for plows and emergency vehicles, the likelihood of being “snowed in” for more than one day, is pretty small. Still, we can use a worst case scenario mentality and say that with actual snow time, dig out and clean up, and a return to relatively normal traveling, you could run the risk of a 3 or 4 day in house stay. I think its safe to say that the average person has enough food and toilet paper to sustain them through a 4 day period, however, we still like to run out and stock up on our favorite not so essential items, and maybe even a few of the things we might actually need in an emergency too (you know, like batteries and wine).
Everyone has been there, whether you live in a blizzard prone area or a place that hasn’t seen snow in your lifetime. You may be preparing for a blizzard, a hurricane, a tornado-okay you can’t really prepare for a tornado, but you can still have an emergency supply kit or items stored in case of other natural disasters or catastrophes. You might be filling your garage with bottled water or your freezer with mint chocolate chip ice cream. It’s all about what comforts you in the face of a potentially dangerous or hazardous situation.
So what about you? What are your go-to comfort items? What are you running to the store to stock up on if you think you’ll be snowed in for a few days? What are you making sure you have on hand in the wake of a potentially uncomfortable situation? For that matter what would be your absolute must have comfort items to have with you if you knew you were going to be stuck somewhere indefinitely- an island in the middle of nowhere for example? Leave it in the comments or join the conversation by coming by our Facebook page and letting us know.