This is going to sound strange, but one of the best things I did to prepare for the storm(s) was to fill the bird feeders. With everything under several feet of snow, the birds needed some nourishment. My deck has become bird central. We've had many, many cardinals (see the first image in this post, and note the cardinal in the tree behind the deck), blue jays, gold- and red finches, juncos, woodpeckers, tufted tit mouses, chickadees, sparrows, and probably others I am forgetting. I found two really great bird feeders on Etsy.
I really love the copper roof on this wooden bird feeder from BeeGracious.
This industrial bird feeder is from joepapendick. It's made from steel and (again, my favorite) copper.
I decided another essential for survival was warm feet. I couldn't believe these felted slippers from ing00te when I saw them - they actually look like bark.
These sweet little black slippers from scrapsnstuff would be great for keeping warm, too.
Of course, if you're curled up on the couch, even if you're wearing slippers, you're going to need a blanket. And this winter calls for military strength warmth - try this vintage wool Army blanket from ethanollie.