Preparing A Home
Driving on Slick Roads
Plan B - Survival
Plan B - Stranded In The Winter
Anyone could be caught in this situation if traveling in
dangerous winter conditions. To survive be prepared!
Anyone could be caught in this situation if traveling in dangerous
winter conditions. To cope
be prepared! Pack the items needed and
make preparations, before you go into a winter driving situation that could
leave you stranded for a long period of time, so you and others with you can
Plan B Starts before you leave home. Dress warmly in layers for the
temperatures you will be in if you have to be outside for a extended
period.. It is easy to keep the car interior a little cooler to be
comfortable. If you must dress to be in a warm environment at your
destination at least take the layers of clothing along so that you can
change into them if you should become stranded. Make sure your emergency car
kit is stocked and up to date. Take some ready to eat high-energy
foods, such as granola bars, raisins, peanut butter, cookies, nuts and
crackers along. Also bottled water, six liters per person, ration it if need
be to 2 liters per day. Take plenty of snacks (your favorites, you can
always eat them after the trip).
Know where you are going and the route you will take. Let a
trustworthy family member or friend know your route, description of your
vehicle and plans. Tell them you will call on your arrival and agree on a
time when you will be considered "overdue" at which time if you cannot be
reached by phone they will notify the proper authorities of your situation.
While driving, keep track of where you are so you can give directions to
where you can be found if need be.
Here are some idea's you may want to incorporate into your plan B.
A General Plan of Action
Stay with your vehicle unless you can clearly see a safe place within
a short distance. Your vehicle will become your
shelter. Do Not try to walk long distances for help
in bitter cold conditions. You could suffer from hypothermia, frostbite
and become lost or lose your life. It's much easier for rescuers to find your car
and it is the first thing they will likely find. It would be
to find you in the wilderness or off the side of the road.
Use your cell phone and call for help by dialing a friend or 911. Be
prepared to give directions to your location if needed. If you're phone
says no service then wait until you can get service before trying a
call. Locate the charger and charge if needed during times you run the car
Move all your supplies and emergency kit into the passenger compartment with you, they
will freeze in the trunk of a car and you need access to them in the
Put on extra clothes from your emergency kit if needed to stay warm.
Tie your bright ribbon to the car antenna. At the same time Make sure the
exhaust pipe is not blocked and can flow freely to protect yourself from
If snow fall gets to deep, before running the car for heat each hour,
check the exhaust pipe occasionally to be sure it doesn't become buried.
Run the car for ten minutes of each hour to stay warm using the heater.
Do not use the defroster setting to stay warm.
If possible, clean off your windows regularly, so if your car is
spotted you can be seen inside, this will alert others that you may need
If absolutely necessary use the one of the emergency candles in your kit to
warm the passenger compartment. (be very careful with candles, keep
other items away from the candles when burning or after extinguishing them
while they are still hot. Don't let a fire start, it could be deadly. if a
fire does starts use snow to extinguish it.) Do Not sleep with the
candles burning. Stuff a hand warmer, you have opened and shook up, in
your coat to add warmth, if needed. This should be enough to keep the
compartment from getting to cold. Open a window, on the opposite side of
the car from any wind, only a tiny amount to get ventilation. while burning
a candle or running the engine.
Ration your food and water to last for at least 3 days if you can't
contact help. Water is the
most important, be sure to drink enough. Food shouldn't be a problem since
it takes along time to starve to death, even without food,
unless you have a
medical condition you will be fine with the snacks and things
you have on hand. If you run out of water, melt clean snow in a bottle for
water as a last resort.
Use your small battery powered radio to get weather reports, or
entertainment if you have enough spare batteries.
The leak proof plastic bags in your kit will serve as your indoor
toilet. Yes it's awkward, and takes some practice, if you prefer venture
on outside next to the vehicle and take care of this if it becomes
necessary. Tie up the bags, store outside if desired.
Use your flashlight sparingly only when needed, to conserve batteries.
Contact and get help as soon as possible by waving others down or drive
out if thawing occurs.
You should be rescued in a short period of time, so don't panic, just
relax and read the book from your emergency kit or listen to the radio (if
you packed those extra batteries)
What if the unthinkable happens, several days later, your still in the
middle of nowhere, the weather is better, but no one has even happened by
your way? The Car won't start? You can't get a signal for the cell phone.
Don't panic, a new adventure has begun, it's time to put your Wilderness
Survival Skills to work and find a cell phone signal, house or nice warm gas
station. Your more prepared than you might think.