Anything that was once alive will naturally decompose. However, some organic wastes should not be composted at home. DO compost these items: grass clippings, leaves, plant stalks, hedge trimmings, old potting soil, twigs, annual weeds without seed heads, vegetable scraps, coffee filters, and tea bags. Do NOT compost these items: diseased plants, weeds with seed heads, invasive weeds such a quack grass and moring glory, pet feces, dead animals, bread and grains, meat or fish parts, dairy products, grease, cooking oil, or oily foods.
Prepare to survive on your own for at least three days. Assemble a disaster supply kit. Be sure to include winter specific items including rock salt to melt ice on walkways, sand to improve traction, and snow shovels. Keep a stock of non-perishable food and extra drinking water.
Prepare for isolation in your home. Maintain several days supply of medicine, water, and food that needs no refrigeration. Have sufficient heating fuel, regular fuel sources may be cut off. Have emergency heating equipment and fuel (a gas fireplace or wood burning stove or fireplace) so you can keep at least one room in your home liveable. Be sure the room is well ventilated. If a thermostat controls your furnace and your electricity is cut off by a storm, you will need emergency heat.