Saturday, December 07, 2019

When Caught In A Winter Storm


Find Shelter:

  • Try to stay dry 
  • Cover all exposed body parts

No shelter:

  • Build a lean-to, windbreak or snow cave for protection from the wind
  • Build a fire for heat and to attract attention
  • Place rocks around the fire to absorb and reflect the heat

Melt snow for drinking water:

  • Eating snow will lower your body temperature

In a Vehicle

Stay in vehicle:

  • You will become quickly disoriented in wind-driven snow and cold
  • Run the motor about 10 minutes each hour for heat
  • Open the window a little for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked

Be 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
  • After snow stops falling, raise the hood to indicate you need help


  • From time to time, move arms, legs, fingers and toes vigorously to keep blood circulating and to keep warm


Stay inside:

  • When using alternate heat from a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc., use fire safeguards and properly ventilate.

No heat:

  • Close of unneeded rooms
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors
  • Cover windows at night
  • Eat and drink.  Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.  Keep the body replenised with fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.  Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill.