Snowstorm means major preparation for Earlysville man

EARLYSVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Driving into Albemarle County, the roads got slicker and slicker, but Sean O'Malley in Earlysville said he is ready to sit out what any snow the storm has in store.

"We can survive and it's not that big a deal," said O'Malley.

He learned his lesson back when he was newer to the area in 2009 and a giant blizzard hit.

"The power went out," said O'Malley. "So we're stuck in our house, in our rental house. With no power. And the temperature plunged to about ten degrees or below at night. So I actually stayed awake that night thinking, 'We may die. Am I going to freeze to death tonight?'"

He said his family was stuck in their home for two days.

"We had to sit directly in front of the fireplace to get any warmth," said O'Malley. "My daughters cuddled together under a blanket with the dog and wrapped up in sleeping bags."

Now O'Malley said he takes control of what he can during a snowstorm.

"The first thing I purchased when we bought this house was a wood burning stove. That alone will heat this house without any electricity," said O'Malley. "I bought a generator so we would have enough power to charge our phones. I have at least food for a week on what my wife calls the apocalypse shelf."

This will all come in handy because plows may not be down his street for a while.

"They'll typically wait until the snow is completely finished," said O'Malley. "So if it snows for two days, you're not going anywhere for two days until they come out and plow it."

With his preparations, he can make sure what he and his family faced in 2009 doesn't happen.

"I have a family and I was worried about them," said O'Malley. "That's why I vow it'll never happen again."



 
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