Winter Storm Preparedness Tips

Outdoor Survival -- The Six Survival Rules

- Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. If you move from one area to another, advise someone.
- Never go on an outing by yourself.
- Take enough food for several days.
- Take a compass and map of the area and know how to use them. Before leaving camp, orient yourself to the area.
- Wear proper clothing and equipment. Weather conditions can change quickly.
- Plan your outing so that you can return to camp before dark.

Snowy Road

Wind Chill Chart

If you find yourself stranded or lost outdoors, you can depend on these three things:

- Clothing/equipment you have with you
- Your ability to use whatever survival, knowledge and skills you possess
- Your mental attitude, confidence in yourself, plus the desire to survive no matter how difficult circumstances may become

STOP..When Lost

S-Stop - where you are. Stop, relax and regain your composure

T-Think - keep your cool. Use your brain; it is your best survival tool. Make sure you have a clear head before making any decisions.

O-Observe - your surroundings, your equipment and your physical condition. Identify the factors which most affect your possible survival and consider solutions.

P-Plan - a course of action. Consider all factors, adopt a plan which best utilizes your skill, knowledge, equipment and your physical and mental state. Prevent and care for physical injuries, protect yourself from the elements (shelter and fire construction), prevent exposure, acquire water and prepare signals for attracting rescuers.

Vehicle Safety Plan your travel and check weather reports to avoid the storm. Delay trips if necessary.
Assemble supplies for your vehicle disaster supply kit, packing them in an easy-to-carry container

Supply List

- Flashlight, battery powered radio and extra batteries
- Booster cables
- Blankets or sleeping bag, extra clothing
- Fire extinguisher (5lb., A-B-C type)
- First aid kit and manual
- Non-perishable highenergy food and bottled water
- Maps
- Shovel
- Tire repair kit, pump and other basic tools
- Signal flares, matches
- Non-electric can opener, utility knife
- Sterno, canned heat or catalytic heater
- Spare vehicle parts (belts, hoses, etc.)

Conserve vehicle fuel, run the engine and heater about ten minutes each hour to keep warm, crack a window slightly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. In extreme cold, use seat covers, newspapers, blankets or extra clothing for covering - anything to provide insulation and warmth. Turn the dome light on, so rescue teams can spot you at night, but do not run down the battery. If you have a cell phone use it as needed, but leave it off when you are not using it, so the battery will remain charged. Do not set out on foot! Stay inside your vehicle, rescuers are most likely to find you there. 

Home Supply Kit


- Keep at least a three-day supply, 1 gallon per person, per day.


- Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
- Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
- Staples - sugar, salt, pepper
- High energy foods - peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and peanuts
- Special diet foods
- Comfort/stress foods - cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, instant coffee and tea bags


- Include at least one complete change of clothing/footwear per person - Blankets/sleeping bags
- Snow boots
- Hat and gloves
- Thermal underwear

Kid In Snow

First Aid Kit


Basic Items

- Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
- Various size gauze pads
- Scissors, tweezers, needle and assorted safety pins
- Moistened towelettes
- Antiseptic and soap
- Thermometer and medicine dropper
- Tongue blades (2)
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
- Latex gloves
- Sunscreen
- Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication and antacids

Tools and Supplies

- Battery operated radio/extra batteries
- Flashlight/extra batteries
- Non-electric can opener and utility knife
- Fire extinguisher (small canister-ABC type)
- Pliers and shut-off wrench
- Electrical tape
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Plastic sheeting
- Sanitation supplies - toilet paper, feminine supplies, personal hygiene items, plastic garbage bags, plastic bucket with tight lid, disinfectant and chlorine bleach

Special Items

- Formula
- Powdered milk
- Diapers
- Bottles
- Special Medications
- Eyeglasses and/or contact lens supplies
- Pet supplies

Dog In Snow

Have a safe and fun winter season.

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