Kiirchiro Sato, Associated Press

Winter storm Nemo started Friday morning. Blizzard warnings are taking place over the northeast and west. Here are blizzard necessities Foremost said to have before the storm makes traveling completely impossible.

Flashlight and extra batteries
Kiirchiro Sato, Associated Press

This should be kept in your car and at your house.

Battery-powered radio
Tom Smart, Deseret News

You need this to find updates on emergency information. It can be the only link to the outside.

Extra food
Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

Store high energy food like dried fruit, candy and canned food. Foods that don't require cooking or refrigeration are best.

Can opener
Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

Make sure it's the hand opened kind, because you may not have electricity.

Extra medicine
Bill Sikes, Associated Press

Have a stock on necessary prescriptions so you don't run out while stuck in the house. It also may take a while for stores to open up again after the blizzard.

Baby items
J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

Diapers, baby food, formula, shampoo, whatever other items you frequently use.

Extra water
Mark Lennihan, Associated Press

Buy bottled or store drinkable water in old milk jugs. Have at least enough for a week.

Back-up heating source
Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press

Whether it's a fireplace, wood stove or space heater, have a way to heat your home if fuel carriers can't reach you for days.

Also try to conserve energy. Shut off heat to less-used rooms and keep doors closed with towels under the door cracks to keep the cold out. If the power goes out completely, cover the windows at night.

Fire extinguisher
Ravell Call, Deseret News

You never know when you will need this. If you have a fireplace, make sure it's easily accesible to it.

Plug free recharging device
Kiichiro Sato, Associated Press

If electricity is out, you will need to charge your cell phone in a different way. Some devices can be charged to store energy. You can later use that to charge your phone.

Full gas tank
Kiichiro Sato, Associated Press

Keep your tank full in case you need to go somewhere and the pumps aren't working. You can also run the car to charge a cell phone.

Charlie Neibergall, Associated Press

When the blizzard ends, you're going to need to dig yourself out.

Know your neighbors
Kiichiro Sato, Deseret News

Make sure you are watching out for each other. Make a plan on how to communicate if power goes out and it's not safe to leave the house.

Garbage bags
Bebeto Matthews, Associated Press

You won't be able to take your garbage out for a few a while, so you need a place to store all of it.


Have activities you can do to pass the time. Inexpensive card games, or games that keep you active during the day help keep your mind off being cooped up.