• 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.
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.
• 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.