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How to Prepare for a Storm on Prince Edward Island

A lot of folks were on pins and needles in Prince Edward Island this week with the “bomb cyclone” that made its way to our shores from the southern Atlantic. These major storms are the only visitors to our Island that I can honestly say I am happy to see leave! I hope all of you who were in the path of this storm, fared out alright, without any damage to yourself or your property.

On the topic of storms, many of our winter storm preparation rituals here in rural PEI might make some of you city dwellers smile, so I’ll share some of the popular ones with you.

Tips for surviving a winter storm in PEI

• Fill the bathtub with water! No, this water is not for drinking, it’s for flushing the toilet when there’s no electricity and your home is on a private well rather than municipal water. (Many an Island teen has gone off to university and been mortified when learning that the toilets in the dorm can, in fact, be flushed even during a power outage.)

• Stock up. On everything. Grocery stores before a storm are filled with frantic shoppers grabbing bottled water, bread, chocolate, milk, toilet paper, canned goods, coffee, and foods that can be eaten in the event of an extended power outage. When you live on an island in the Atlantic, you just never know how much devastation can come from a storm. Many communities on the island are quite isolated and getting to a grocery store or gas station during or following a storm, may be impossible. And it’s not unusual to lose power for 24 hours or more during a large storm. We must be prepared!

• #Stormchips. Somehow, the act of eating chips during a snowstorm has become a trending Twitter hashtag here in PEI and across the maritime provinces. Even people who don’t tend to eat junk food seem to hop on the #stormchip bandwagon before a storm! This being the new year, however, I have seen people talking about #stormsalads and #stormlettuce

• Sleep with your PJs inside out. School is frequently closed in anticipation of a large storm, much to the delight of students (and some teachers). According to completely unscientific data, if you go to bed with your pyjamas on inside out, you stand a better chance of a school-crippling storm.

• Talk about it to the exclusion of all other topics. When there’s a big storm on the horizon, it’s all people seem to talk about! Some people even claim that the trick to preventing a storm is to talk about it so much that it fizzles out into nothing!

Take a peek at our time-lapsed video taken at the beginning of the recent weather. 

Click here. 

I write this from Arizona but been in touch enough with others at home to feel like we lived it. (almost) LOL 

Have a great week and I hope the start to your New Year got off on the right foot. 

With love,


I would love to hear about how you prepare for storms in your part of the world. Please leave a comment and share your own interesting rituals!

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Bruce MacNaughton - January 10, 2018

Hi Maureen,
Congratulations went to our “Win A Trip to Prince Edward Island” winner Linda Greswell from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. We give the trip to Prince Edward Island each year to a newsletter subscriber. Wishing all the best on the next draw in 2018! Take care and have a great year. Sincerely, Bruce

Christy - January 8, 2018

Here in the Washington D.C. metro area, there is a similar run to the grocery stores. And also similarly, we talk of almost nothing else at work but the impending weather event. Not only that, but we must then discuss all the past big storms that we’ve ever experienced.

Caroline Legault - January 8, 2018

Hi Bruce, unfortunately, even though I was prepared, I lost half the shingles on my roof plus some siding. Hope you are enjoying your “winter”.

Vicki Reddin-Gauthier - January 8, 2018

Great post Bruce! I had forgotten about the pjs. Poor you in Arizona.

Nancy - January 8, 2018

Oh Bruce
That blog brought such a smile to my face. Enjoy Arizona

Connie - January 7, 2018

Winter, we just had a freeze! All the tender vegetation was covered in old sheets giving the appearance of ghosts throughout the neighborhood. Five days later, it’s 63 and we are eating on the patio again. For the horrible rain and flooding we had in Houston in August, we had food ready. During the storm, we fixed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for first responders. Then, it was cooking comfort food. When the 51" of rain finally stopped, everybody came outside relating survival stories. Then in October, the Astros won the World Series in the final game 5 to 1. What a coincidence! We hope all is well although white up there on PEI.

Dee - January 7, 2018

I will be telling my 12 yr old granddaughter, in NewJersey, the pj story

Barbara Bovaird - January 7, 2018

Charge your cell phone and any rechargers you own.
Park your car near the end of your driveway facing out.
Bring a shovel inside and leave by your front door.
Fill a thermos with hot tea or coffee – even if the power doesn’t go out you can still drink it.
Charge your iPad or tablet – you can always read on that as it is self-lit.
Have your snowshoes ready to go out and enjoy the snow!!… I say ‘bring it on’!!! :-) Cheers

Maureen McMurtry - January 7, 2018

Hope you are enjoying Arizona. Upstate NYS has been frigid! Just curious, has the winner of the week at PEI been chosen, I have been wishing and hoping, as the song goes……

Devon Conover - January 7, 2018

Here in Connecticut,besides stocking up on water, toilet paper etc, we make sure we have plenty of birdseed for our feathered friends, and Baileys for our cocoa!

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