POWER OUTAGES AND STORMS

BEFORE:

  Establish an alternate heat source for your family, such as a wood burning stove, a kerosene heater, or a propane heater.  Store enough wood, kerosene, or propane to last your for the cold months of one year (around here that is about 4-6 months).
  Keep your chimney serviced and free from creosote build up.
  Keep an emergency kit in your car with a candle, lighter, blanket, energy bars, and water.

DURING:

 IN YOUR CAR:

  If you are stranded in your car in a blizzard, stay in your car until the blizzard is over unless you can see a building close by where you can take shelter.  Crack a downwind window and run your heater about 10 minutes/hr. to stay warm.
   If possible, keep the snow cleared away from your exhaust pipe.
   Turn on your hazard lights or light a flare.
   Spread a large colored cloth over the snow or tie one to your antenna to attract attention.
   Be careful not to run your battery down.
   Try not to sleep -- you may freeze to death.  Take turns sleeping if there is more than one of you.
   Keep your head covered.  Most of your body heat is lost out the top of your head.
   Use your coat as a blanket and share body heat if you have another person with you.
   Do not do things that make you colder like eating snow, drinking cold water, doing physical exercise that will make you sweat, sitting or lying on the cold ground or snow.

 AT  HOME:

   If at home, send one person to your alternate indoor Staging Area to establish who in your Group of 10 has an ability to stay warm and who needs help.
   Decide as a Group how you will relocate those who need help.
   Be sure to ventilate properly if you are using a wood burning stove or kerosene or propane heater.  Crack a window.
   Refuel the heater outside at least 3 feet away from flammable objects.
   If your house is getting cold, open your faucets enough to let them drip.  This will keep your pipes from freezing.