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- 1. Keep informed
- 2. Always be ready
- 3. Take the road only in case of emergency
- 4. Snowstorm: If you stay home during a storm
- 5. Plan what to eat
- 6. Keep snow removal tools at your fingertips
- 7. Shelter yourself if you’re stuck outside
- 8. Do not get out of your car
- 9. Stay alert after the storm
1. Keep informed
Tune into your local television and radio stations and evacuate your home if it is advisable.
- Be sure to turn off the power, gas, and water before leaving.
2. Always be ready
Keep your car ready:
- Fill the tank;
- Install your winter tires;
- Park in your garage or where your engine is protected from blowing snow.
In winter, always keep a small emergency kit in your car that contains:
- A bag of sand
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Non-perishable snacks
- Of drinking water
- A flashlight
- Starting cables
- A shovel
- A window scraper
- A warm hat
- Impervious gloves
- A first aid kit.
- Emergency generators
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Of drinking water
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First aid kit
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3. Take the road only in case of emergency
Drive in a snowstorm only in an emergency.
- Avoid being alone, if possible, and stay on the highways.
- Tell a loved one where you are going and when you plan to arrive at your destination.
4. Snowstorm: If you stay home during a storm
Have clothes and blankets on hand in case of a power outage.
- Plan for a backup heat, such as a kerosene or propane gas stove, and enough fuel for a week.
- If you have a chimney or a woodstove, make provisions of wood.
- Keep emergency phone numbers in your community at hand, including numbers for medical emergencies.
- Prepare an emergency care kit
5. Plan what to eat
- If you usually use an electric stove, plan an alternative cooking method (such as a camping stove or gas grill).
- Since it is dangerous to use many of these devices indoors, be sure to keep them outdoors or use them only in well-ventilated areas as stated in the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Collect enough food and water for a week.
6. Keep snow removal tools at your fingertips
Store the snow removal tools you need – rock salt, shovels, scrapers, snowblowers – in an easy-to-access place, even after a heavy snowfall.
In addition, stock up with silicone spray to lubricate your snow blower.
7. Shelter yourself if you’re stuck outside
If you are stuck outdoors during a snowstorm and you are walking, find a shelter nearby.
- If the snow prevents you from seeing straight ahead, follow a fence or ruts on the road.
- Put your scarf over your nose and mouth to protect your lungs, ears, and face, and prevent suffocation by wind and snow.
8. Do not get out of your car
If you are stuck in a car, do not go out.
- Run the engine from time to time to warm up, but leave a window open.
- Make sure the tailpipe is not blocked by the snow as carbon monoxide could get back into the car.
- If you run out of gas, close all the windows and look for help.
- Move your arms and legs to warm up and keep you awake.
- Do not fall asleep.
9. Stay alert after the storm
Keep listening to breaking news and weather forecasts even after the storm is over.
- Major snowstorms are often followed by even colder temperatures.
- If you go outside, dress warmly and pay attention to falling ice; drop them with a rake or a stick.
- Avoid overwork. Many people suffer from heart attacks by shoveling snow. Walking in heavy snow or pushing a car is also very hard for the heart.
- Avoid driving until the roads are clear.
Do not wait for a storm to knock on your door to take emergency action. Prepare your emergency and rescue kits in advance, equip yourself properly and plan what you would do in the event of a prolonged storm, especially if electricity is scarce.
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