Winter is coming! Follow these 10 Blizzard Survival Tips to get through the cold and stormy nights safely.
When the next winter storm hits, be prepared with these blizzard survival tips. You don’t have to be the ultimate prepper to survive a blizzard, but everyone should have a working knowledge of cold weather know how. Watch for whiteout’s and always stay indoors and avoid driving during these types of storms.
Blizzard Survival Tips
Get through winter storms this year with these great tips!
1. Insulate your pipes
One of the most important things you need during a blizzard is running water. Unfortunately, you can’t have this if you don’t insulate your pipes. Water pipes tend to freeze in temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (about -7 degrees Celsius). Wrap your interior pipes with foam insulation to prevent it from freezing over.
2. Be prepared technically speaking
Simple things like paying your electricity bills on time keeping your cell phone charged will matter a lot during a blizzard. You don’t want to lose electricity to an unpaid bill before a snowstorm hits your place and knocks out your power.
3. Stock up your pantry
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Stock up your pantry and fridge and cellar and other nook where you normally keep your food in the house. Make sure to include non-perishable food such as canned goods that you don’t have to heat, bread and margarine, fruits and vegetables that can stand being at room temperature for a few days.
If you have pets in your house, it’s also a good idea to stock up on their food so they won’t have to share yours and deplete your food supply faster.
4. Stock up on bottled water
While it’s possible to have water running from the tap during a blizzard, it’s is still a good idea to have clean drinking water on hand. Keep at least 10 gallons of water on hand, more if you have a large number of household members.
5. Prepare an emergency kit
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Get a box and fill it with some emergency equipment like a flashlight or two with plenty of extra batteries. Include a a battery operated AM/FM radio so you can keep track of weather updates even after the electricity has gone. Keep sleeping bags and wool blankets and kerosene heater with enough fuel for a week of steady use.
If the local weather reports are giving out a warning that a blizzard is going to hit, be sure to charge all of your cell phones before the power goes out. It may be the only means of contact left once electricity and phone lines die, and in the event you need help, you won’t want to be without phone service!
6. Know how to use an alternative form of heat
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Using the fireplaces and kerosene heaters can be dangerous without proper ventilation. Keep children away from any alternative heat source. Stick to one room for heat and close off unnecessary rooms in the house. This way you won’t be depleting your fuel and firewood supply like paper on fire.
7. Watch out for frostbite
Frostbite occurs when the skin and body tissues are exposed to cold temperature for a long period of time. You are more likely to develop frostbite if you don’t wear gloves, warm socks or a winter hat. The areas most likely to be affected by frostbite are your fingers toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Watch out for numbness, tingling, burning, itching, and pale skin that is is very cold to touch, hard and waxy looking as these are signs of superficial frostbite or frostsnip.
If freezing continues, deep frostbite may occur. The skin may freeze and harden and appears black and dead. There is also an increased and eventual loss of sensation, swelling and blood blisters.
You can treat frostsnip with first-aid measures, including rewarming your skin. All other frostbite requires medical attention because it can damage skin, tissues, muscle and bones.
8. Layer up
Staying warm is critical in the event of a blizzard. Prevent hypothermia from occurring by wearing loose, warm, layered clothing. Wear mittens and layer your socks
9. Keep active indoors
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Indoor activities such as board games, cards, puzzles and coloring books for smaller children will keep the entire family entertained while you wait out on a storm. No matter what the situation, if you’re stuck in a blizzard, keeping yourself and everyone else entertained will nurture a positive mental attitude and a will to live which are both as important as any survival technique.
10. Lastly, stay indoors
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High winds and blowing snow can create white-out conditions, making the area zero visibility and making it easy for you to get lost. Traveling in a blizzard is just not a good idea, avoid traveling even the shortest distance during a blizzard.