How to Prolong Chance of Surviving in a Blizzard

If you are ever in a blizzard in a vehicle, and you get stuck in thick snow,this may possibly help you out.

Steps

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    Try to reach someone who can send a rescue team, preferably 911 if possible.
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    Make sure the vehicle is turned off, so as to conserve power.
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    Tie a bright object (preferably red or dark orange) to the antenna of your vehicle so that said rescue team can identify your vehicle easier.
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    Every 45-60 minutes, get out and make sure to clear any snow from the exterior lights, and also from your exhaust pipe to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
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    Turn your vehicle on to provide heat for 15 minutes, and activate your 4-ways (Hazard lights).
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    Make sure other exterior lights are off (conserve power), and only use interior lights if needed. Continue attempts to reach someone who can send a rescue team.
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    Repeat steps 4-6 until rescue arrives.

Tips

  • Most importantly, in any winter condition, you want to make sure you have in your vehicle at all times:
    • Either a cellular device, CB radio, or some other form of general communication.
    • Extra clothes (thick jackets, sweats, gloves, socks, etc.)
    • A couple of thick, warm blankets. (wool is a great heat conductor)
    • A power pack.
    • A space heater that doesn't give off any fumes.

Warnings

  • It is VERY IMPORTANT that you clear snow from the exhaust. A blocked exhaust pipe will cause the carbon monoxide to travel into the car, causing carbon monoxide poisoning and eventually death.
  • Make sure no windows are open, and if there is a broken window, be sure to cover it completely with something that will not rip, tear, etc. A good remedy for this would be a floor mat and duct tape.

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