extra food that doesnt need cooking (like canned food)
rock salt to melt ice and sand to improve traction
flashlights and battery-powered lamps (if the electricity goes
wood for your fireplace (if you have one).
If you go out in very cold weather, dress in several layers of clothing.
Mittens are warmer than gloves, and you should wear a hat and cover
your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs from the cold air. Watch
for frost bite. (Frostbite happens when your skin is exposed in very
cold temperatures or you are not dressed warmly enough. You will have
a loss of feeling in that part -- usually a finger or toe or the tip
of your nose -- and it may turn white or pale. Get help right away!)
If you get trapped in your car during a blizzard, you should set
your lights on flashing and hang a piece of cloth or distress flag from
the radio antennae or window. Then get back in and stay in the car!
Do not go out on foot unless you can see a building nearby. Run the
engine and heater about 10 minutes out of each hour. When the engine
is running, open a window slightly. This will protect you from carbon
monoxide poisoning. You may need to clear snow away from the cars
You can use road maps, seat covers and floor mats for warmth. You
can also huddle with the other passengers! Take turns sleeping so one
person is always awake when rescuers come.
If you are stranded in a remote area you may need to leave the car
on foot after the blizzard passes.