Snowstorms can occur anywhere that it is cold enough for snow to fall, but they are most common in areas where there is already a lot of snow on the ground. They are a meteorological event characterized by heavy snowfall, strong winds, and low temperatures. When a snowstorm is forecast, it is important to take precautions to stay safe and warm. This may include staying inside, dressing in warm layers, and having supplies such as food, water, and a flashlight on hand in case of power outages. It is also important to be careful when driving during a snowstorm, as roads can become slippery and visibility may be reduced.
Being stranded at home in a snowstorm, is better than being on the road as resources are limited and situations are not ideal. If you find yourself stranded in your car in a winter snowstorm, it is important to stay calm and take the following steps that can help you stay safe:
- Stay with your car: It may be tempting to try to walk to safety, but this can be very dangerous in a winter storm. Your car provides shelter and can help you to stay warm.
- Run the engine and heater: Run the engine and heater for short periods of time to stay warm. It’s a good rule to always fill your tank in winter in the event that you are stranded in the middle of a snowstorm.
- Stay visible: Tie a brightly coloured cloth to your antenna or hang it out the window to signal for help. Turn on the dome light at night so that rescuers can see you.
- Stay hydrated: Drink fluids to stay hydrated, but avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can increase dehydration.
- Conserve your energy: Stay as active as you can to generate body heat, but avoid overexertion.
- Stay informed: Listen to the radio or use your phone (if you have a signal) to stay informed about the storm and any rescue efforts.
- Turn on your hazard lights: This will help other drivers see your vehicle and may help attract the attention of rescue workers.
It is also a good idea to have an emergency kit in your car that includes supplies such as warm clothing, blankets, non-perishable food, water, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. If you are stranded in a snowstorm, it’s important to stay calm and think clearly. Remember to use your common sense. If you take these steps and stay warm, you can increase your chances of survival until help arrives.