The Blaze editor Jason Howerton will probably never be unprepared for a major weather event again. Here’s his story.

The worst part? No one helped him as he walked.

Howerton’s main point:

  • Mustang

    I live in the Great Lakes area, southeast of Chicago. Many of us were around when the ‘Blizzard of ’78’ crippled the area with 30-some inches of snow in 36 hours. Literally waist high or worse with drifting. After wading through that with my mother and sister to go to the grocery store for food, nary a flake can fall without me driving to the store (along with most of the population) for rations. It is just something you don’t take for granted…twice.

    • conservIN

      Yep remember 78 Blizzard in Indy well stuck in for 3 days literally couldn’t get out . Finally made it to neighbors took orders and dug our way to the store which was almost bare. Like you when they say storm I lay in extra make sure the generator is working properly etc etc….experience is an interesting teacher

      • Mustang

        It is if you let it be! lol

      • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

        Ohio… same thing, stuck in the house for three days, no power.. I was still in school, and working, but the entire town shut down for three days, we kept the small house warm by lighting the gas stove, and opening the oven door.. all of us slept in the kitchen..

        I worked in a supermarket, after three days, the manager called and asked if I’d come in if he picked me up in his 4x.. I agreed, and worked a 16 hour shift till relieved… three of us, him, the head cashier, and me at 16.. we stripped, prepped and had the store up, then had one customer in the first 4 hours.. then a few more.. then more, as word got around.. there were still 15 foot drifts in most side streets.. they had to use front end loaders and back hoes to clear them.

        never forgot those days..

    • Michael Rice

      I live in Northern Indiana and was 7 years old during that storm. We missed school for a week. Back then there were no make up days, either. My future brother in law was born during that week. The ambulance had to follow a snow plow to them up and escort them to the hospital.

      • Mustang

        Yes Michael, you’re right, we did miss an entire week of school. I too remember that the police were recruiting anyone with snowmobiles, etc., to assist in getting the injured and sick to the hospital, as no conventional vehicle was able for a few days!

    • BoldFreshJew ⊕

      Blizzard of `78, Baby. Dayton, OH: drifts as tall as rooftops on 4 lane roads. Bro & I had a Blast.

      • Mustang

        It had potential to be fun, but my sis and I were older teenagers, and being cooped up with parents for a week was a challenge for all involved, lol.

    • altimus

      Lived in New England for that one. Thought we were in great shape with the snow until we discovered we only had 2 gallons of gas for the snow blower. It sucked from that point on. Had plenty of food and heat. Just had to return to shoveling 40+ inches of snow.

      • Mustang

        We lived in a home with a single car garage, and we were a 4-car family, so yep, it was big fun to dig out the other three. #teenagerblizzardprobs.

  • Tom

    I have two boxes of MREs in my garage. And when one hasn’t eaten in about 24 hours they’re pretty damn good.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    You or I stock up on at least a week’s worth of canned goods, dried fruits and veg, pasta/rice and the like, against the possibility of a weather event or other such natural disruption, and already the Department of Homeland Security might have us down as being “one them doomsday-prepper right-wing extremist gun-nut race-war teabaggers,” and view you and me with suspicion.

    Of course, if you were one of the few Liberals who actually ever read the front of the phone book, it would have told you FEMA advises the same thing, you could do it, and you’d never be looked at askance. But you probably wouldn’t.

    • ObamaFail

      It’s funny how libs view someone not wanting to be caught with their pants down as “extremists.”

      • paladin63

        Or if your a Dem… a candidate.

    • 0bamasnought

      Hour 3:
      I have Hoovered the couch looking for morsels of food.
      Praying for a break in the weather, so I can drive the block to the store.
      Hour 4:
      Why has God forsaken me! I am reduced to sucking on catsup packets for nourishment.
      Hour 5:
      I ate my cat.
      Hour 6:
      And the cat’s litter.
      Hour 7:
      I am so weak, I can barely hold my remote steady. Losing my will to continue.

      • Catchance

        Omigosh, I can’t stop laughing.

        • 0bamasnought

          I’ll be here until the snow melts.

          Try the veal, it won’t mewl.

    • Katie Smith

      Don’t ever stock up on stuff that needs to be cooked! Don’t stock up on rice and pasta. Stock up on canned items and things that require adding a little water (like chia) and things that are very high in protein, like nuts and hemp seeds. If you can eat nuts stock up on TONS of them, especially almonds. Here’s a nice tidbit for survival: 6 almonds will stop hunger pains. Of course, you can eat more than 6, but if you are low on food supplies and need to eat sparingly then the goal is to get over hunger pains. So stock almonds. And other nuts. Peanut butter is another awesome thing to keep around. Beef jerky too. It lasts a long time and is protein. Crackers are great to add to a stockpile, especially crackers fortified with nuts, seeds, and grains. The cracker brand called “Nut Thins” is fantastic. A little on the expensive side but they are made only of nuts and seeds (no wheat) so they’re very high in protein. So crackers (fortified), nuts, peanut butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds, canned stuff, dried fruits, beef jerky, and water.

      • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Well, weather events usually don’t knock out the gas, and there ain’t too many earthquakes in my neck of the woods to where I have to worry about the gas lines breaking. All I need is the gas– if the electric is out, I use a match, instead of waiting for it to spark. If the water goes down, I have some bottled, for that purpose. (If it’s snow, I can melt it anyway– but there’s a lot less water there than meets the eye.) So I’m not terribly worried about whether I can cook or not. If you can cook up a large batch of rice, or macaroni and freeze it– outside, if it’s cold enough, and necessary to do so– it’ll get you through a few days, if that’s the window of time you’re looking at.
        So I respectfully differ, where the starch products are concerned. You’re gonna need some carbs.

        • SpaceRacer423

          I’ve got a propane grill and a coleman stove.
          Usually theyre for camping and cooking out,
          but theyre great if the power goes out.

          • 0bamasnought

            The local Asia Mart usually sell butane stoves for about $15, 3 pk of Butane runs $5.
            My fall backs are two grills, and a fire pit.
            Not much I can’t cook over an open fire.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Hank Hill and Buck Strickland thank you for your ardent and vocal support of the propane industry. No one really wants ash on their food, after all.

          • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

            Small tornado took out power in our semi rural Ohio town for a week a year and a half ago, just days after filling the freezer, so rather than let it rot, I as it slowly melted, fed the Hell out of our family, the sis in laws, their kids, two sets of neighbors.. all on a gas grill, then an improvised campfire in a pit. The neighbor we fed supplied the fire wood.. It was a bear, ran out of gas fast for the grill.. but we got by..

            I’m old school, if you buy it, I know how to cook it, from scratch to warmed up entrees.. a skill set I’m teaching my daughter, my wife was though not bad, is not the family cook.. not a decision we ever actually made, it just happened that way, I was far more experienced at it then she was.. Most home cooks these days can’t even proof yeast, or even know what that means.. my little girl will not only know how, but will be able to cook everything from base ingredients, same as me, and I learned from mom, when women still baked their own bread as part of a weekly routine.

        • irishgirl91

          I agree, but here in Albuquerque, in 2011 we actually experienced natural gas fail during an ice storm. Never thought that would happen and I have lived through hurricane, earthquake and blizzard. ABQ is usually pretty predictable, very goldilocks in it’s seasons but not then.

        • Katie Smith

          Good point about the gas and also cooking/freezing some carbs. But add some almonds to your stockpile! :)

    • Thale Taxurfeet

      A week or two? Sheesh!

      I’ll not confess to the surplus of essentials the wife and I stock at the hacienda. Or for that matter, the non-essentials. I will admit to having been a Cub and Boy Scout in my youth –Be prepared– along with having been raised by parents who lived through the great depression, the one that started in ’29. So that’s my excuse.

  • TJ

    Food insurance…Tell them Beck sent you and get a discount. Then don’t eat it when one is just too lazy to get new food, save it for an emergency. But as the restaurant was still open it was not an emergency to need food insurance just laziness to leave the house for food.

    • Brian

      As a huge fan of the Blaze, I was wondering when this story was going to end up shilling for Food insurance. I hear it on the Blaze all the time and this was the perfect set up for the advertisement. /sigh (predictable)

      • TomJB

        If it makes you feel better how about a plug for SAMs club? You can buy pails of food that will last one person a month and it stays good 10 years. About $70 per

      • Jill

        We became far more cautious after a hurricane left us without food, stable water sources, and electricity for over two weeks. Yes, Food Insurance advertises on the site, but you are under no obligation to purchase-as you well know. If you peruse the area newspapers of the affected area, you’ll find that this man’s experience is not uncommon.

  • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Good lesson and good of him to pass it on. Ya never know when the slit is gonna hit the fan. Emergency rations on had in our house. Of course the Cali quakes taught us well. Even more so out here in the wilds of the jungle.

  • deimos19

    had only eaten soup and noodles for 2 days and then went out for beer and wings. First World Problems. my wife and I could last a few months without leaving our house.

    • JeffyTheQuick

      Hey Jason Howerton, your boss is Glenn Beck. Maybe he isn’t as crazy as he sounds when he advertises for being prepared.

      Then again, maybe tweeting your demise means you’re not as close to starving to death as you think.

  • Steve__Jacobson

    He was slipping and falling while he was walking. What did he think would happen if any cars tried stopping for him?

  • Duane_of_Dibbley

    I liked this part most:

    I realize that picking up a stranger isn’t always smart… but dozens of cars saw me slipping and falling & no one even rolled down a window

    That’s probably for the best. If you’re not stopping to offer a ride, the only reason to role down a window would be to taunt.

    • happyscrapper


  • Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I almost had sympathy for him until he went to the restaurant for beer and wings.

    Walk your ass to the grocery story and take a cart home with you.

    • stuckinIL4now

      Yeah, he could’ve held on to the cart to keep from falling down or to pick himself up off the ice. Or, since he was surrounded by water, he could’ve gone Zen and fasted for a few days.

      • Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I also question is assertion of usually being “prepped”.

        If he had only a couple cans of soup & some ramen that does not scream “usually prepared” or planning ahead.

        Oh well. He sucks at planning and thinking things through apparently. Shoulda went for the cart.

        • Scorpion

          At least he’ll always be ready for a colonoscopy 😀

  • Frank Drebin

    You know that big empty space in the back of that full size F-150? Put something heavy in it. And buy some decent tires.

    Farther north, up here in Nebraska, Winter storms aren’t a matter of if, but when. Still amazes me that any storm forecast will cause folks to clean out the grocery store shelves of bread and milk.

    Apparently the thought of being home snowbound makes people crave milk sandwiches.

    • TugboatPhil ✓Mate

      You forgot to mention eggs. When I see the milk, bread & egg crowd hitting the store ahead of a storm I always suggest maple syrup. If they ask why I’ll point to their purchases and say, “You’re planning for French Toast aren’t you?”

      • Frank Drebin

        We’ve had snows up to 18″ here and the streets are always cleared within a few hours after it stops. 24 hours at the most. Of course that doesn’t include the mountain of white stuff the plow driver left at the end of each driveway.

        As a wee lad, we lived several miles outside of a town so small that folks driving through now barely have time to kick their cruise control off before the entire town is in their rear-view mirror.

        Eggs back in those days came from the chicken ‘crossed the road.

      • Scorpion

        In southeastern PA we call it a french toast storm. An inch of snow is forecast and “poof” the milk & bread become barter material 😀

      • TomJB

        One thing that always puzzles me is why every store runs out of snow shovels before every major storm? Do people throw them away after?

        • TugboatPhil ✓Mate

          They don’t make them to last is more like it. I have a tractor with a bucket loader so don’t use a hand shovel anymore. The ones I’ve seen at the store look like they were made by Chinese slaves….oh wait.

          • TomJB

            Quite possible, Phil. I’ve lived in apartments or barracks since graduating and haven’t had to shovel. Maybe quality is just worse these days. I remember getting 2 new shovels over my entire childhood in snowy NH

          • Ken Alan Draper

            Lucky, I’ve got a snowblower with a nylon/plastic cab. takes a couple hours to do the driveway, I also have a old Maverick tractor & a pull behind blade, but the tractor is in pieces, Dad was rebuilding it when he passed, & I’ll really have to get to work on it come spring.

      • mbs235

        I never understand the run on milk & bread before a storm. I stock up on wine and chocolate chip cookies.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Actually, it probably has more to do with people thinking “I need milk for my cornflakes in the morning, and bread for my PB&J at lunch.” I.E., no thinking outside the box in terms of food habits.

      • Frank Drebin

        I imagine there’s quite a few folks around here who either lived through, or at least heard tales of the blizzards of 1948-’49.

        The Global Climate Warming Change groups would undoubtedly see this as a sure sign of the apocalypse should it happen again.

  • TugboatPhil ✓Mate

    Other things not mentioned for prepping for ice storms and power outages:

    If you have a well and no generator or hand pump, fill the tub with water for use in flushing.

    Clean and fill large pots with water in kitchen for cooking and drinking. (Cooking is on top the woodstove if you have it.)

    If you have a tarp, preferably canvas, lay it out on the porch or front steps. Even if ice builds up, it will crumble when you walk on it. As soon as the freezing rain stops, or when the temps rise, remove the tarp and the porch has a clear path.

    I also put a tarp just off the sidewalk for snow. I can pull it back for the Chihuahuas so they a place to do their bidness.

    Have your vehicles already filled if possible in case the station loses power. Likewise get some cash ahead of time for card machinery outages.

    • TexasMom2012

      We use the pool for flushing after hurricanes… That’s 38000 gallons of flush plus whatever rain continues to fall.

    • saus

      All very good tips.. I survived the great ice storm in Montreal Quebec in 98. It was intense, no power across a metropolis for 2+ weeks with temperatures that were lethal inside homes. Everything was coated in inches of ice that simply refused to melt as storm after storm hit. It was bad. Very very bad. Be as prepared as possible.

  • Doc Farmer ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I’ve been teased for years about being a “prepper” – no, not for the zombie apocalypse (although the idea IS great joke-bait), but because experience and travel taught me that supply lines can be very easily disrupted, causing outages for days, weeks, even months! ALWAYS keep at least 1 month’s supply of canned and dry goods available in house, and rotate them as you make your weekly grocery purchases.

    • $29561723

      After I read “One Second After” I started thinking about food prepping. Small scale, 1-3 months food & water.

  • Doc Farmer ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Oh, a blizzard tip – when you go to a store right before a storm hits, you can immediately identify the four basic food groups, because they’re always the items taken first:

    * Milk
    * Bread
    * Toilet Paper
    * Cigarettes

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Mr. “Dum Bass” Howerton:

    That is why the age old tradition of buying the obligatory milk, eggs, bread and Toilet Paper has so much credence. You may look like a fool beforehand. But, you’ll be safe and sound. Indoors!

    • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Here in the islands, the rule of thumb is an extra case of TP. There is always a run on TP if there is a rumor of a dock workers strike.
      In a pinch you can use Ti leaves, but they’re really hard on the septic system!

  • happyscrapper

    Why wouldn’t EVERYONE have at least one week’s worth of food on hand? Seriously, how hard is that? Do people actually just have a day or two of food in their fridge or pantry? That is Stupid! When things are on sale, stock up a bit!!

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      What? Someone use their EBT card as intended? Are you some kind of “hate-mongering teabagger”?

    • Michael Rice

      I agree. I thought the same thing. When I lived alone I still had a few days, at least, worth of full eating. An amount I could stretch to close to a week if needed.

  • AmericanMom

    A case of Ramen noodles is less than $10 at most stores. Why wouldn’t people keep one for emergencies? Guessing those movie tickets, drive through coffees and fast food meals are the priority. Too bad for them.

    • Zane Henry

      Yeah, how silly of us rubes to view restaurant dining as somewhat of a treat, not everyday fare. We took inventory a few days ago and decided we’re good for at least a month. It’s not hard, and we barely spend $100 a week on food for the 3 of us.

      • AmericanMom

        I applaud you for preparing for the unknown future ahead. It could mean the difference between going to a fema camp or staying in your own home if there were circumstances or events causing it. Tuna, water, soups, refried or other beans are cheap and could save our lives given the need.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      less then $10.00? where are you shopping, at walmart a case of ramen noodles costs like $1.38.

      • AmericanMom

        $1.38 a case? You’ve got to be kidding.

  • John

    At one time The Blaze had all kinds of prepper adverts on their web page so you would think that one of their editors would have noticed. I guess now InfoWars is your place to go for that sort of thing.

    • Jill

      You aren’t obligated to purchase, it is simply an advertisement that is not all that uncommon. Levin’s and Ingraham’s page will have either direct advertisments or google sponsored ads. Assuring that you aren’t without a basic necessity of life, for yourself and your loved ones, is not all that extraordinary a concept. In fact, the FEMA recommends one week of supplies be kept at all time in the event of an emergency.

  • Mustang

    Jebus, what a bunch of party pissers! A guy writes an innocent enough story about screwin’ up in a winter storm, and you all go Michael Douglas in Falling Down crazy! lol Winter storms are now either left or right apparently.

  • ember

    Wow. Did he not have neighbors? Who wouldn’t share a little food with a neighbor in need during an ice storm?

  • $84598387

    Anyone who would run out of food “completely” in 4 days needs more storage space.

    • rivers

      Young single people aren’t usually in the habit it of keeping a well stocked pantry. I certainly wasn’t.

      • $84598387

        If you don’t have 4 days worth of food good luck.

  • JR48

    Peanut butter, canned chili, some frozen stuff, come on. Really? Nothing?

    Huge difference between ‘not fully prepared’ and “I don’t eat in my home so I have nothing”.

  • Sean Minturn

    I’ve got some 5 gallon buckets of beans and rice, and some canned stuff. Better than nothing, I suppose.

  • Tom Armstrong

    Global warming’s a bitch, ain’t it?

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Since the liberty used by a few can be more useful than that all can use, restricting liberty to only that which all can use is a mistake.

  • T Hill

    no neighbors doors to knock on?? I always keep a full pantry

  • T Hill

    no Mormon friends huh?

    • twolaneflash

      I voted for Romney. Does that count?

  • RobB

    I think the BigHair, the dog & I could make it a week with what we have in the cupboard

    for barter, I always have water, yeast and plenty of fermentables

  • Katie Smith

    I believe him when he said no one stopped, but I disagree that it was because the drivers might have feared pulling over for a stranger. The sad reality is that they didn’t stop because they selfishly wanted to get in/out of the storm with no more interference. People are smart. They know who looks dangerous and who doesn’t. It’s human nature to profile. The drivers weren’t scared. They were SELFISH. Something identical happened to me about 15 years ago and I have never forgot it. There was a huge snowstorm and everyone got let out of work early. I was the ONLY person from my office who had to take public transportation to get home that day. The bus stop is directly in front of the office building. You know what that means? My co-workers — every single one of them, including employees from other departments in the building who didn’t work with me but knew my face — had to see me as they pulled out of the driveway. And not one single person stopped to offer me a ride home or to acknowledge me in any way. I waited for the bus for THREE HOURS. The worst part wasn’t even the endless waiting, the extreme boredom (nothing to do, no one to talk to — this was the days before iPhones and iPods) but rather the pain in my feet from standing on frozen concrete in shoes that were not made to withstand prolonged time in the cold. It was fine for an hour and then I was jumping up and down to keep my feet from succumbing to frost bite. That was a day I experienced a real let-down in my faith in human beings. And these were people who knew me! But they didn’t stop and they didn’t ask (they rushed past me even as we were leaving the building, knowing that I was regular bus rider, almost as if they were afraid I was going to ask for a ride) because they didn’t want to be inconvenienced in the bad weather. Had it been a sunny bright summer day, someone would have offered me a ride home. Guaranteed.

  • twolaneflash

    You can thank the Democrat Great Society for nobody stopping to help. That’s Government’s job. On an individual basis in today’s America, no good deed goes unpunished. Just ask the whistleblowers in every single scandal and crime in the Obama regime, from the Fast and Furious murders to the IRS TP-targeting. Remember the Twitter suggestions that Romney’s son could be sued for helping those 4 people out of a wrecked car? You’re on your own, unless you’ve had enough sense to plan ahead or been so good to your neighbors that you’re a welcome refugee at their door. The Golden Rule is rusted.

  • walterc

    I don’t understand why people wait until the storm warning to get prepared. Just be prepared all the time. You never know when something less widespread than a storm may cause you to be stuck at home for a couple days. Or possibly leave and go to a shelter for a couple days. Food storage for the whole family and a 72 hour bug out kit for each person.

    Being prepared doesn’t mean you have to be like the nut cases the Discovery channel puts on display. A true “prepper” won’t be too anxious to tell the whole world where they keep their supplies. But when they are stuck home in a blizzard, they won’t be down tot he last can of soup or ramen noodles.

  • Chad G. Singer

    How much food does this guy need in 2 days?! 2 cans of soup would be enough for me. Sure it wouldn’t be optimal, but doable.

  • Guest

    Each of us should recognize that, in the fight for liberty, knowledge is our most potent weapon. Arm yourself:

  • JaneSmith100

    Not that it matters to anyone here, but I’m pretty much stocked up for the month. The reason being that we’re broke due to high Fed/State/County taxes & can’t afford to buy food. It does mean we’re mostly vegetarian at this time, but that’s fine.