Tillie....You have just exposed a reality for New Yorkers. We do an enormous amount to be proactive in terms of our brutal winters. The fact is, being lifers here, we do it all automatically. Almost without conscious thought, we go into Auto-Preparedness. It's second nature to us---an annual ritual. We can do it blindfolded!
I get 4 new tires, an inspection, oil change and brake check. Have my car washed, waxed and detailed. Load the trunk with: bottles of water, my portable battery charger, blankets, non-perishable snacks, small shovel, bag of kitty litter and extra hats, scarves & gloves.
I spend about $200 to $250 in groceries and other home supplies, & stock the cupboards. I wash all windows, lock them up and hang heavier drapes. Put out all the rubber mats and area rugs and hang winter coats, jackets, hats & scarves & store boots in the hall closet.
Make phone calls or write emails to all friends and family members I probably won't be seeing for 3 to 4 months.....wish them warmth & Happy Holidays & tell them I'll see them when Spring breaks through!
Make sure my cable bill is paid, I have a good supply of reading material and word puzzles, pencils, printer paper, ink cartridges, 3 flashlights, extra batteries, candles, portable radio & hot water bottle......LOL
Last but not least I re-stock the medicine cabinet: Aspirin, decongestant, VICKS, cough drops & throat lozenges, Emergen-C, Vitamins & herbal teas.
There ya go....all set to hibernate in WESTERN NEW YORK!! The best part is, it always comes to an end eventually!