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Surviving Winter Weather If You Are Stranded, Things To Have Handy

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More snow is on the way, and sometimes people have to travel in it. If you are on the road, or live in a rural area, here are a few things you may want to remember.

Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm! Here’s a great website to check road conditions click here and tell people the way you will be driving so that if you don’t arrive, they know where to send searchers.


blankets/sleeping bags; flashlight with extra batteries; first-aid kit; knife; high-calorie, non-perishable food; extra clothing to keep dry; a large empty can and plastic cover with tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes; a smaller can and water-proof matches to melt snow for drinking water; sack of sand (or cat litter); shovel; windshield scraper and brush; tool kit; tow rope; booster cables; water container; compass; road maps and clothesline rope’, 25 to 50 feet long.

Also, make sure your tank is always near the full side so if you are stuck you can start your car for heat and cig lighter. It also helps so that you won’t have fuel line freezing issues.

According to the NOAA website, here are some vehicle things to remember:

When CAUGHT in a Winter Storm in a car or truck…

  • Stay in your car or truck. Disorientation occurs quickly in wind-driven snow and cold.
  • Run the motor Run the Motor Sparingly: About ten minutes each hour for heat:
  • Open windows a little for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.

Have some clothesline……..If a person must get out of a vehicle to remove snow from around the exhaust pipe or for any other reason, they should tie the clothsline around their waist and to the door handle, steering wheel (door will usually close on it), or some other strong place on the vehicle. Then if they fall down or slide down a bank or ditch, they can use the rope to find their way back to the vehicle.

Make yourself visible to rescuers:

  • -turn on the dome light at night when running the engine.
  • -tie a colored cloth (preferably red) to your antenna or door.
  • -raise the hood indicating trouble after snow stops falling.

Exercise from time to time by vigorously moving arms, legs, fingers, and toes to keep blood circulating and to keep warm.

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