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Is it time for a French Toast Storm Alert on the East Coast again?
If your power goes out, the extra milk you bought is gonna be a problem.
If you open your fridge, it’ll go bad faster.
If you put it outside, it’ll likely freeze & you’ll let out your heat to get it.
I know you want to do something because you can’t control the weather, but running out for three extra gallons is NOT THE ANSWER.

If you’re REALLY scared: this is the time you get tetra-packs of UHT milk and store them in your emergency kit. They’re shelf stable.
Unless your family regularly drinks 1 gallon a day anyway, and you buy a fresh gallon every day? You’re just panicking. Stop. Think it through.

Eggs are a little less of an issue; they’re actually counter-stable for a couple weeks & easy to cook on a butane emergency burner.
But it’s just weather. Yeah, there’s gonna be wet, slick stuff on the roads.
If you don’t know how to drive in it? Then do everything in your power to stay home.
The safest place for you is NOT ON THE ROAD.

And really: a day or two without milk will not hurt anyone.
If you are gonna be home, and you do have power, and you did already buy extra milk, bread & eggs?

Yeah, go ahead. French toast. Lots of it. Though I strongly recommend baking it like bread pudding, because then you’ll get a little extra heat in the house.

Cinnamon, not maple.
If you HAVE to drive and you don’t know how:

Quadruple the time you think it takes to get there. Leave early. Go slow.
Your car is probably front wheel drive. This is good.
4 wheel drive will make you over-confident. Just don’t unless you know what you’re doing.

Go slow.
Stay in the right lane.

If someone else flies by you? Fine. It’s not a race. Your type A competitive streak? Now isn’t the time.

Use your car’s features. If it’s newer than 2006, it’s got traction control & anti-lock brakes. This will help you not die (or not get a broken arm).
And I shouldn’t have to tell you, but I will: Seatbelt. On EVERYONE.

No distracted driving. Put the phone in the back seat. Now is not the time to be trying to find someplace you’ve never been. Call, beg off, don’t do it.

No texting. Not even much talking. Focus.
I have a ton of sympathy for you Mid-Atlantics: you DON’T have snow & ice control trucks. Your roads aren’t built for ice storms. You’re not practiced driving in sudden storms.

It sucks when you get 2” of snow or ice. That’s Tuesday for some of us, but it’s a black swan for you.
So do your best to not panic and to stay home and chill as much as you can.
Because ice & snow driving is a skill, and it’s not your fault you don’t have it. It’s not something you should feel guilty for not having.
No reason you should.
And don’t panic. You’re going to be fine.
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