At any minute, I expect to lose electricity. The snow is drifting outside and coming down hard. Ice is on the way. Here's how I got ready for living without heat and electricity for several days. I hope this checklist can help you when a winter storm approaches. [Update: we only lost power for a few hours in 2014, but the first big storm of 2016, Jonas, is outside right now. I just packed the cooler shown below and am hoping for the best.]
Plan for safety -- keep food out of the danger zone between 40˚ and 140˚F
- Perishable food that's been in the danger zone for over four hours may cause food poisoning.
- Put a day's worth of perishable food in a cooler