Winter Storm Preparation Tips, What To Do, What To Bring, Check Traffic
With the storm coming tomorrow, some things to keep in mind to keep safe. This may not happen to you but plan to be safe. You shouldn't drive in extreme weather but if you have to, here's some tips.
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.
Carry a WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT:
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.
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 Sparingly: About ten minutes each hour for heat, you may have to open windows a little for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Bring some clothesline, if you have to get out for any reason and you become disoriented, you can use the line to find your way back by tying it to the steering wheel.
Make yourself visible to rescuers, have a red or orange cloth in the car, only raise the hood indicating trouble after snow stops falling.
Don't wander on to the interstate if that is where you are stopped. Have a bag of dry foods and water for every trip in case you need to eat something in a remote location. If you do have to leave your car you won't do anyone any good if you dehydrate. It can also be used for the kids if you have a family
Always carry a flashlight, find one with the orange cone around the end.
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