Surviving winter cold
Winter storms can bring snow, sleet and freezing rain. Winter weather knocks out heat, power and communications, and can cause serious accidents due to icy conditions. The dangerously low temperatures can also cause hypothermia and frostbite if an individual is left in the cold for too long.
Outdoors and Traveling
If a snowstorm or blizzard forces you to stop, pull off the highway and turn on your hazard lights. If you have a distress flag or sticker, hang it from your radio antenna or apply it to your window. Remain in your car, where rescuers are most likely to find you. If you’re stranded for an extended period of time, run your engine for about 10 minutes every hour to stay warm. Open a window slightly for ventilation while the car is running to prevent any carbon monoxide buildup. Remove any snow that builds up on your car’s exhaust pipe. Exercise periodically by vigorously moving arms, legs, toes and fingers. If you have to spend the night in your car, turn on the interior overhead light so rescuers or work crews can see you.
Taking the time to prepare for a winter storm can mean the difference between comfortably riding it out or barely surviving. It is highly recommended that you go through the checklist to see if you are prepared. Don’t get stuck in the cold!