Are you prepared for something like this? Blizzard batters North and South Dakota - CNN.com A wintry blast of punishing wind and close to 4 feet of snow in places pummeled the Northern Plains on Thursday, stranding unknown numbers of motorists for a day or more and knocking out power to thousands. State officials said some people could be without power for days, but they had a simple message for anyone thinking of trying to drive in western South Dakota's blizzard: Don't. It's not the end of the world, it's not a mass uprising and people looting homes, it's not a breakdown in our society... it's a snowstorm. Do you have a way to keep your house warm? Heating your food? Do you have a way to feed yourself and family for a few days? Do you have all the extra supplies you'll need? What is your plan if the water pressure in town drops, or if your pump has no power... how will you flush your toilets, wash your dishes, get clean drinking water, etc? Do you have a way to communicate with others who may be trying to make sure you're ok? Heck... do you have your snow tires/chains ready (or already installed), a new snow brush in the car to replace that old one that's about to break, did you remember to replace the shovel after that cheap $10 plastic one broke last spring? It's these emergencies we need to be prepared for. If you're prepared for this, you're well on your way if something bigger happens.