8 Home Essentials for Storm Season


Winter is almost here and so are the snow storms. In Truckee, storms are a good thing because it means there is a fresh blanket to ski on and water for a great ecosystem. However, storms can be halting to daily life. They might prevent people from driving or they might shut down local power for a few days. As a Truckee local, you must be prepared for anything. Here are the 8 essentials for Truckee homes to comfortably cruise winter storms:

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A Plan

Assess what position a big storm would put your house and family in. Educate yourself and your family on where important things are around the house, like the water and gas shut-off valves. When rumors of a big storm start, get your eyes on weather forecasts from the NOAA. Start adapting and planning for what is forecast and openly communicate this with your family.

Portable Battery Charger

Keep a portable battery charger handy. Chargers range in size. There are ones you can slip in your pocket that will hold enough power for one good phone juicing. There are also ones powerful enough to jump a car. Whatever size you have, make sure it’s fully charged before storms start rolling in.  


The classic candle and flashlight routine has been a staple in home-emergency kits for a reason. Make sure you have plenty of both around (with matches and charged batteries) but you should also stock a few inflatable solar-powered lanterns. The lantern should be part of your gear because it produces more light than a candle, its light reaches farther than a flashlight, and it creates a similar ambiance that lamps produce. They are inexpensive and can be found in sporting shops around Truckee. 

Heat Source

If you have a wood burning fireplace, you are set! Make sure that you have a good woodpile stored in a dry place that you can easily get to. If you don’t have a wood burning fireplace, try a kerosene heater for a safe and easy heat form. Focus on heating a small area of the house. The kerosene is easy to store and produces a lot of heat. Make sure before a big storm rolls in that you have enough fuel. 

Basic Tools

This one is self-explanatory. If you don’t already have tools at home, a basic set will come in handy all year round for any weather.

Extra Food

Have you ever try going to Safeway the night before a big storm? Let’s just say, it is not pretty. Make sure you have a good stock of non-perishable food around the house all the time. Even if roads are cleared, driving during a storm can be stressful and dangerous. Plan on having a few days worth of good food options. Don’t forget about fido’s food, either!

Salt or Sand

You should keep salt or sand on hand always during the winter. These wont be as necessary in the duration of the storm, but they might come in handy the day after when you need to get the car out of the driveway. Salt will melt ice while sand provides traction, and you might consider having both on hand.

Ways to Kill Time

No power means no TV and no WiFi, so youngsters might be a little lost. Let’s be honest, I would be lost. Think about fun activities for low-light, like 20 Questions or ghost stories from Truckee’s past.  Stock a well-rounded game closet with everyone’s favorites. Even if you don’t have kids, stock a few packs of cards – you’ll be glad to have them!