Safety Tips to Survive a Blizzard (Part II)

Use alternative heat sources.
  • Walk cautiously on icy, snowy sidewalks
  • Drive only if necessary. If you must drive in the day, don’t drive alone. Keep others abreast of your schedule. Stay on main roads and don’t take back roads or shortcuts.
  • Reserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your home cooler than normal. Briefly shut off heat to less-used rooms.
  • When using alternative heat from a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, use fire safeguards and accurately ventilate.
  • If using kerosene heaters, sustain ventilation to halt the buildup of toxic fumes. Keep heaters around three feet from flammable objects. Refuel kerosene heaters outside.

If You Must Travel by Car in A Storm:

  • Keep emergency supplies in the trunk. This includes a flashlight with extra batteries, blankets/sleeping bags, extra set of dry clothing and boots, shovel, tire chains, jumper cables, sand, high-calorie non-perishable food, windshield scraper, first aid kit, road maps, compass, and a brightly colored cloth to tie to the antenna.
  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Tell someone your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive.

If You Do Get Stuck:

  • Stay in your car. Don’t attempt to walk to safety.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth (possibly red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
  • Lift the hood signaling trouble after snow stops falling.
  • Start the car and use the heater for around 15 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes don’t back up into the car.
  • Leave the overhead light on when the engine is going so that you can be seen.
  • As you sit, keep moving your legs, arms, fingers, and toes to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.
  • Keep one window away from the blowing wind marginally open to let in the fresh air.