Event of Extreme Conditions
- Stay calm and await instructions from the Emergency Coordinator or the designated official.
- Stay indoors
- If there is no heat:
- Close off unneeded rooms or areas
- Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors
- Cover windows at night
- Eat and drink. Food provides the body with energy and heat. Fluids prevent dehydration
- Wear layers of loose-fitting, light-weight, warm clothing, if available.
- Find a dry shelter. Cover all exposed parts of the body
- If shelter is not available:
- Prepare a lean-to, wind break, or snow cave for protection from the wind
- Build a fire for heat and to attract attention. Place rocks around the fire to absorb and reflect heat
- Do not eat snow. It will lower your body temperature. Melt it first
If stranded in a car or truck:
- Stay in the vehicle!
- Run the motor about ten minutes each hour. Open the windows a little for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.
- Make yourself visible to rescuers:
- Turn on the dome light at night when running the engine
- Tie a colored cloth to you antenna or door
- Raise the hood after the snow stops falling
- Exercise to keep blood circulating and to keep warm
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