It’s winter here in Central Oregon, and even though we may not have as much snow as we did a month ago, that just means we will probably get hit with a few more snow storms before winter is over. Here is what you can do to prepare your home and car in case of an emergency like power outages or getting snowed in.


You definitely want to have at least 5 gallons of extra drinking water in your house, and a couple in your car at all times. This is good year round, but you are more likely to need them in the winter months when your chances of frozen pipes or water issues are higher.

Lights/ Candles-

Always keep battery-powered lights and extra packs of batteries on hand in case of power outages. This goes for candles and lighters/matches as well, and you get a little heat off the candles. Make sure to keep flashlights, and maybe even a headlight in your car, with extra batteries.

Heat Source-

If you have a fireplace or wood stove, be sure to keep plenty of extra wood on hand- don’t wait until last minute to stock up. If you use power for heating, keep a kerosene or propane heater in the house or garage in case of power outage.


Always have non-perishable food items in the house or pantry. Dried fruits, nut butters, power bars, and canned beans, fruit and vegetables. If you have a camp stove that burns on propane, or a bbq, this is a good time to pull it out, or go out back and start up the grill, even though it may be freezing out-literally!

Keep Warm-

If the power goes out, pull out all of the blankets and warm clothes, and keep doors and windows closed to save heat in the house.

Conserve Batteries-

The first thing most people want to do now days when they are bored is to pull out the phone, but it’s best to save the battery, no matter how bored you are. Make the initial call to whoever you absolutely need to call (power, gas, or water company) and maybe close family or friends to let them know what’s going on, then put it on battery-saving mode and set aside. This also goes for lights, lanterns, or heating elements that are battery-powered. Keep them off as long as you can, and just turn on when you absolutely need to.

Stay Calm-

The best thing you can do in any emergency or high stress situation is to stay calm. Light some candles, and pull out the board games, or play some card games. Sometimes these are the times we remember forever- spending quality time with friends or family, just talking and enjoying each other’s company.

Stay safe out there, and Happy winter!


Featured Listings-

56242 Solar Drive, Bend- 

If you’ve been looking for the perfect Central Oregon property that has it all, you may have just found it. Located just a couple minutes upstream of Sunriver Resort on the Deschutes River, this 2,824 s.f. home rests on a .80 (+/-) acre parcel with a private, grandfathered dock. In addition to the beautiful log-accented home, there is a separate insulated outbuilding that could serve many purposes. Think artist’s studio, guest casita, man cave/she shed¦. Plus, there is a recently completed 3-bay shop with additional covered, outdoor parking.

The home itself boasts a tiled entry, an open Great Room design with gleaming hardwood floors, kitchen island, an office/den that could be used as an additional bedroom, large loft, bonus room that could be used for a media room, expansive craft room that could be a home gym or home office. The Master Suite boasts an oversized tile shower, dual vanities, and an intimate seating area with views of the river. Rarely does a parcel with all of these features enter the market. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, plus loft and bonus room.

58123-15 Gannet, Sunriver-

Riverfront Sunriver home on Gannet Lane! This comfortable 2,203 s.f. home is tucked away on a quiet 1/4-acre (+/-) lot in the NW corner of Sunriver Resort. A large wrap around deck is the perfect place to spend summer afternoons. The comfortable Great Room/Family Room area has a cozy woodstove, large picture windows, and a kitchen with solid surface countertops and an island. There is a hallway/utility area leading from the 3-car garage that serves as a perfect “mud room” area after a day on the mountain or out hitting the trails. The wrap around deck also boasts a perimeter stem wall design that provides lots of storage for canoes, kayaks, etc. Gannet Lane is one of the few lanes in Sunriver where there are no bike paths between your home and the river. Access to the National Forest is just a block or two away. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and abundant storage. Adventure awaits! 

57975-2 Gray Birch Lane, Sunriver-

Possibly the best location in exclusive Championship Estates. This exquisite home rests on a large, .66 acre (+/-} parcel with panoramic views of the largest water feature on The Woodlands Golf Course and Mt. Bachelor. The home features a 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath great room design, daylight basement with family/bonus room and an oversized four-car garage.

Additional features include a dumb waiter from the garage to the kitchen, double furnaces, gorgeous hardwood floors, and a large west-facing potting room off of the lower patio that could also be used for an artist’s studio. The downstairs family room has a full wet bar, gas fireplace, and lots of storage along with two suites and an office and the aforementioned potting room. Upstairs, the great room has soaring vaulted ceilings, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, and custom skylights to let the high desert sunshine spill in. The main master suite also has a gas fireplace, oversized glass block shower, and a jetted soaking tub. In the kitchen, you’ll find granite tile countertops, gas cooktop, and a beautiful stainless-steel appliance package. One more master suite and a half bath round out the features and assure there is room for everyone to be comfortable.

Call, text or email us for more information about any of the listings above.

The Jones Group @ Sunriver Realty