Your house has been buried in 12 ft of snow?! How do you survive?!
Keep the taps running so the pipes don't freeze. Lots of candles for emergency lighting and heat. Ramen noodles, cereal and oatmeal and whatever else you can find if you're not prepared for it. Otherwise... find something to dig with. I'm not someone that can wait for the city or state or my neighbor to take action -- I just do.