PROTECTING YOURSELF DURING A WINTER STORM:
Winter storms are like unexpected guests: they demand your attention, but a touch of preparation can allow you to accept and even enjoy their presence.
- Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries for news and official broadcasts.
- Store food that can be prepared without an electric or gas stove.
- Have flashlights, battery powered lamps and extra batteries in case of a power outage.
- If you have a wood stove or fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood.
- Keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure your family knows how to use them.
|The diagram of snow cave|
|Example of snow caves|
- Do not eat snow: It will lower your body temperature. Melt it first.
- Wear layers of thin clothing rather than single layers of thick clothing.
- Mittens are warmer than gloves.
- Cover your mouth with scarves to protect your lungs from directly inhaling the extremely cold air.
- Wear a hat; most body heat is lost through the top of the head.
- Try to stay dry
- Cover all exposed parts of the body.
- Use fire safeguards
- Properly ventilate.
- Prepare a lean-to, wind-break 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 heat.
|Entrance to snow caves|
|Snow cave is useful when having heavy wind|