Surviving A Winter Storm Trapped Outside
1. STAY INSIDE YOUR CAR OR TENT DURING A WINTER STORM
In the event that you are out in the world when a severe winter storm hits in is imperative that you STAY where you are, either in your vehicle or tent. Going out in a winter storm either by foot or in your vehicle is NOT recommended.
2. KEEP WARM AND DRY
Keep tent flaps closed . Doors and Windows to vehicles need to be shut tightly. DO NOT OPEN EITHER UNTIL THE STORM HAS STOPPED COMPLETELY. If you have coats, blankets or anything that will help keep you warm… USE IT! In order to avoid hypothermia or frostbite you will need to stay as dry and warm as possible. If you have another person or animal ( DOG ) with you use body heat as a survival tool.
3. STAY HYDRATED
People tend to only think of hydration being an issue in summer months. This is not the case. During winter months our lungs have to work harder in order to warm up and humidify the cold dry air we are breathing in. This creates a need for extra water consumption. If you are trapped using snow to your benefit in this case is your best bet.
4. DETERMINE WHAT TO DO WHEN THE STORM IS OVER
When the snow has stopped, it is now time to determine what comes next. If you are physically able to dig your way out then DO it. If digging out looks to be impossible or even more hazardous for your safety, stay put and wait for rescue workers. During winter months specifically it is imperative that you ALWAYS have a shovel in your vehicle.
5. SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT IF NECESSARY
If you or someone in your group is experiencing symptoms of hypothermia, you will need to take off your cold, wet clothes as fast as you can and replace with dry ones. Get to medical treatment at the earliest availability.