If I have learned anything over the years while living in the North, it is that you should always have a backup heat source in your home.
Where I live, we have bad ice storms all of the time. Ice storms are much worse than a regular snowstorm. The worst part about ice storms is that ice is heavy, and it will completely coat a tree or powerline. After a bad ice storm, the power to the entire region can go out for weeks. I wish that I would never have to worry about the power going out, but I have lived in this area for over twenty years, and I don’t think that there has been a year when the power hasn’t gone out. During times like this, it is essential that you have a backup heat source that allows you to keep your house warm. If you use a furnace, boiler, or other types of standard heating systems, there is a good chance that your heating system will stop working when the power goes out in your area. Not many of us have the good fortune to live in a house with a fireplace or a wood stove, and heating your house is going to be tough without electricity. That is why I think that it is a good idea to have a backup heating source. You can buy heating systems that run on kerosene or propane, and these heating systems will keep your house warm until the electricity comes on. Sure, these heating systems may cost a lot to use, but it will be a lot cheaper than having to re-plumb your entire home after the water freezes without a heating system.