winter storm

Winter Travel – What To Bring – What To Do If Stranded

• Gloves & Hat
• Small Camping Shovel
• Bag Of Salt
• A Flare & Distress Flag
• A flashlight
• Boots
• Spare Tire
• Ice Scraper
• Change of Clothes, (in case you get wet)
• Blankets
• Candle & Matches (to keep warm in case of an overnight stay) – One candle is enough heat to keep you safe.
• A can to melt snow or ice into drinking water with the candle.

Tips On What to Do if  You’re Trapped In Your Car:

* Pull off the highway. Set your hazard lights to “flashing” and hang a distress flag from the radio aerial or window.
* Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter. Be careful: Distances are distorted by blowing snow. A building may seem close but be too far to walk to in deep snow.
* Run the engine and heater about ten minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a window slightly for ventilation. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Periodically clear away snow from the exhaust pipe.
* Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat for a blanket.
* Take turns sleeping. One person should be awake at all times to look out for rescue crews.
* Be careful not to use-up battery power. Balance electrical energy needs – the use of lights, heat and radio – with supply.
* At night, turn on the inside dome light so work crews can see you.
* If stranded in a remote rural or wilderness area, spread a large colored cloth over the snow to attract attention of rescue personnel who may be surveying the area by airplane. Once the blizzard passes, you may need to leave the car and proceed on foot.
* Use the can to melt snow or ice into drinking water with the candle.

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Sue Baxter