What to do in the
Event of Extreme Conditions


If indoors:

  • 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.

If outdoors:

  • 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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