Basic Supplies for a Winter Snow-Storm Power Outage


Here are a few of the basic items that you may want on-hand while in ‘survival mode’ during a winter snow-storm power outage situation. These are very minimal considerations, but they at least should provide a small amount of comfort inside your home, and will hopefully get you thinking about other items to have on hand.

These 5 survival items can be purchased for less than $200 and will provide enough heat to be comfortable in a room, enough light for the dark, a means of cooking for food, and the taste of percolated coffee in the morning.

4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater
During the winter, the immediate concern will be heat. This particular heater will safely and effectively provide plenty of heat for a room. You will have bigger problems if the outdoor temperature remains consistently below freezing while at the same time the power outage lasts much longer than a day (pipes will begin to freeze and may rupture), but this heater will provide a first level of defense for a short term survival situation.

Read more: ‘Mr. Heater Buddy’ for Winter Survival Preparedness

GASONE Portable Gas Stove
This portable butane stove will do the job. I like the fact that it’s flat and will support a heavy or fairly large pot, whereas some other portable stoves are upright and precariously support a pot or pan. This is one of the portable stove’s that I own, and I have been very happy with its performance. I also recommend the Coleman dual-burner stove, but it is larger, and more expensive. Be cautiously aware that a Coleman-type stove / propane stove will build up carbon-monoxide and should be used outside. Butane though, like the one listed above, is OK for in home.

Read more: Single Burner Butane Stove Safer For Cooking Indoors

Farberware Classic Yosemite Stainless Steel Percolator
How many of you have thought of this one… most coffee drinkers use ‘drip’ coffee-makers to make their coffee – which require electricity. So, to make that cup of coffee with a portable gas stove, you will need a percolator.

Read more: 10 Things People Will Miss Most Without Electricity At Home

Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme 300-Lumen LED Lantern
This LED lantern is compact, and will provide many hours of battery-efficient light. I’ve owned this model for years and it has served well.

Read more: LED Lantern for Survival & Preparednes

Dorcy 180 Lumen High Flux LED Cyber Light Flashlight with Batteries
Of the many flashlights that I own, my Dorcy flashlight has been a great value for the money. A good general purpose flashlight.

Read more: I Love my Dorcy Flashlight

OK, so, what else should you have on hand for a short-term winter snow storm power-outage emergency?

Should go without saying, but, of course you should have an adequate supply of food. Be sure to keep some ready made canned food ‘meals’… things like canned stews, chunky soups, ravioli, chile, spaghetti and meatballs, things like that.

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  1. one other item I highly recommend is a headlamp
    this allows you to use both hands and provides spot lighting exactly where you need it
    I would go with a type used by backpackers such as Petzl,Black Diamond etc
    these give you MUCH longer battery life as compared to something you would pick up
    at the local big box store
    get one for each member of the family
    especially the kids

  2. Thanks! Nice post. I was just thinking about all this today because power out in a winter storm is VERY possible here.

    1. @Satori, Excellent find on that article. You are absolutely correct. Given a real magnitude disaster, it will get REAL ugly. I hope people take notice.

  3. Nice post and oh so true for a day or two. Look forward to the post on “level 2” mode. Being a camper and having quality camping gear to use in a pinch decreases the survival stress for minor power outages.
    For those that are going to use these only for “emergencies” I highly recommend that you practice in a non-emergency setting to get a feel for their capabilities in your environment. Also, make sure all members of the family know how to safely use and operate.

  4. You can have drip coffee as long as you can boil water: Melitta (and possibly others) offer plastic drip coffee funnels to use with their standard paper filters. Of course, you can also use the percolator as a soup pot :)

  5. A lot of folks have propane tanks for BBQing. Coleman makes an adapter hose so you can pipe that into your Coleman propane stoves. They usually run about $20. I’m sure other outfits make something similar.

    That might help a lot of folks if you’ll looking for an item for your online store. That’s a more efficient way of burning that propane versus heating up the whole grill.

  6. Agree +1000 with the headlamp ! After I got my first one I wondered how I ever got along without it. It’s always looking where you are, so it seems like the whole room is lighted up. Now have one in every car, and two in the house.

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