When the National Weather Service sends a winter storm warning, you need to do whatever it takes to make it through. Read on and find out how you can survive the blistering cold when trapped outdoors!
Winter Storm Warning: Safety Midst The Biting Cold
Winter weather can go from pleasant to violent in a matter of hours. Whether you're on the road or out in the wild for a winter camping trip, it's crucial to know how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe when a winter storm warning is in effect and until the storm passes. Below are the things you need to do when the next winter storm unleashes its wrath.
1. Stay Inside Your Car or Tent During a Winter Storm Warning
When the snow starts stacking up and you find yourself trapped on your campsite or on the road, the best thing you can do is to stay there. Going out or driving your vehicle and braving the violent weather is a smart move.
It will only put your life in dire straits when you choose to venture out in the snow. Wait for the storm to subside or until rescuers come to your aid before leaving your car or your tent.
2. Keep Warm and Dry
Always keep your tent closed or car window rolled up. Do not open it until the storm is over. If you have a coat, a blanket or anything that will keep your body warm, use it.
You need to stay warm and dry as much as possible to keep you from catching hypothermia or frostbite. If you have someone with you, you can use your body heat to warm one another by huddling together.
3. Stay Hydrated
Most of us might think dehydration is just a summertime concern, but the truth is, it also favors cooler months. During the winter season, the air we breathe is a lot drier and our lungs have to exert more effort to warm it up and humidify it.
The more work our lungs put into warming the air, the more water we need to drink. So, make sure to drink ample amount of water. If you don't have a water supply, you can put snow in a container and melt it using fire or your car's heater.
4. Determine What to Do When the Storm is Over
When the winter storm warning is over, snowfall ends and the sun comes back out, your physical state will help you find out what comes next. If you deem it's fit to dig your way out of a tent or your car then, by all means, do it.
But if it looks impossible or even more hazardous, then wait for help to reach you. It is crucial to have a shovel in your vehicle, particularly in winter months.
5. Seek Medical Treatment If Necessary
If one of your family member or someone in your group has symptoms of hypothermia, you need to take off your cold, wet clothes as fast as you can and replace it with dry ones. It would be better if you know a thing or two on how to deal with hypothermia to apply immediate remedy if such incident occurs.
Looking for more winter storm safety tips? Watch this video from AWE me and learn how you can survive a blizzard!
It is paramount to have knowledge of what to do when you find yourself in a life and death situation. Getting trapped outside during a winter storm should not be taken lightly for it can lead to fatal results. Gathering every necessary information or tip is good leverage to stay safe from the biting cold.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 5, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.