How to survive a Snow Storm
By Joseph Parish
In continuation of our community “Winter Awareness Month” articles, I would like to present this short entry on surviving snow storms. The CDC has provided the American public with loads of data and publications which deal with surviving extreme cold conditions as usually found with winter snow storms. They have created several guides in order to promote ones personal health and safety. I highly recommend visiting them and selecting a few of these valuable documents to read in your spare time.
Enclose within the pages of their publication can be discovered hints on being prepared for the winter season, the necessary supplies to maintain in your home and several ideas on what you should wear during these cold months to maintain your healthy status. I would like at this time to highlight a few items which I consider important and vital for ones health.
The first thing to keep in mind is to be properly prepared. The best time to make provisions for this is prior to the arrival of the predicted snow storm. You will find it very difficult to obtain alternative heating sources in the event of a power outage after the storm has arrived at your area. Stores and shops will simply be completely sold out of most vital supplies by that time. One thing most people often forget is to keep a couple of fire extinguishers handy when using these alternative heating sources. Fires can spread quickly and your first reactions could serve to prevent serious and costly circumstances.
Maintain extra blankets in your home, a wind up flashlight and radio, candles and matches, first aid kits, a manual can opener and for your outdoors use keep a snow shovel and salt readily on hand. If you have a toddler or a baby in the family get extra diapers to keep in the home. You may not be able to get to the store to purchase these items once the crisis has struck your area. It goes without saying that you should keep several days’ supply of food, water, and necessary medications on hand. Foods selected should be those which are easy to prepare and does not need to be cooked or refrigerated.
During the winter season always watch your thermostat to keep track of your homes temperature. The elderly and infants are particularly sensitive to cold spells and must be considered appropriately. If some reason you have lost power to your home and have no emergency heater you should seriously consider staying at a friends or family members home until power is restored.
It is always best in the winter months to dress in several layers of clothing so that your body heat can be properly maintained. You can always remove clothing if you happen to get too warm. Keeping adequate blankets in your home can also help to conserve body heat.
There you have our second article for our Winter Awareness Month. I hope you find the enclosed information useful and of value in the coming cold months.
Copyright @2010 Joseph Parish