Anyone who has ever lived in Seattle or Portland has experienced the winter-snow-shut-down. As we continue to maintain that we "never get any snow," we have very little resources for preparation when the big one actually hits: few snow plows, very little de-icer, and very little knowledge of how to cope in winter weather. All you winter-worn cities will scoff at our ineptitude, because after a meager three to four inches, we are all cuddled up inside, watching the flakes fall, the city shut down to a halt. Buses don't run, stores don't open and people don't go out. So, to all you Northwesterners, until we learn our lesson, I hope you all have your "Four Inches of Snow Emergency Kit" at the ready! Here are a few of the things in my kit (and don't forget a good book!) 1. Have plenty of canned, wonderful foods! These are my personal favorite, the San Marzano Gourmet tomato brigade! Choose your favorites at your local grocery store. (Make sure you have a manual can opener!) 2. A warm, cozy blanket, like this Chevron Throw from Nube Green, $135. 3. Plenty of matches! I like to add a bit of style to my strikes, with Homart Matches. Pick some up at Smith's Bath and Home for $3.50. 4. Old school Camp Socks! Keep your toes warm! $16.50 at J. Crew. 5. A sturdy, insulated thermos for hot drinks, soups and stews, like this Stanley Vacuum Bottle, $49.50 from Eddie Bauer. 6. The multi-function etón FR160 Red Cross Radio: charge your phone, connect headphones, even generate a solar-powered LED light. $39.99 at Cabela's. 7. Water, water, everywhere, but all of it is snow. Keep hydrated! Try my favorite, electrolyte-enriched, Smart Water. 8. Long-lasting candles. Tea lights are easy to move around. These Northern Lights Candles come in a 50-pack, and each burn for 6 hours. $24.99 from Amazon. 9. And last, but definitely not least, a reliable flashlight. Forget the ones you can buy at the drugstore, invest in a Multi-Function LED light, with red flashing emergency LEDs. Available for $14.99 at Eddie Bauer. Images: as cited above. Mosaic by Andie Wurster.