This article explains how to prepare for and survive a winter storm and keep warm, secure your home, and drive safely.
Storms in the winter can be dangerous, especially if you are unprepared. Whether stranded at home or in your car during a winter storm, it’s critical to know how to stay warm and secure. Here are some ideas to get you through:
- Stay indoors if possible: If you can, stay inside where it is warm and dry. If you must go outside, dress in layers and cover as much skin as possible to protect yourself from the cold.
- Stay hydrated: It is easy to get dehydrated in the winter because the air is dry, and you may not feel as thirsty as in the summer. Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Stay warm: Keep your home warm by sealing windows and doors and using blankets, rugs, and draft stoppers to prevent drafts. If you lose power, use a fireplace or wood stove (if you have one) to stay warm. You can also use hand warmers and hot water bottles to keep yourself warm.
- Stay safe on the roads: Have a winter survival kit in your car if you must drive during a winter storm. This should include blankets, warm clothing, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and non-perishable food. If you get stranded in your vehicle, stay in your car and only try to walk if you can see a building or house nearby.
- Check on your neighbors: If you can, check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or have disabilities. Make sure they have everything they need to stay warm and safe.
Following these tips can increase your chances of surviving a winter storm. Stay prepared and stay safe!