Will you be safe from violent weather throughout the year? Let us help!
Lately, the weather changes we’ve seen across the United States are making everyone question whether or not they are prepared to weather the storms Mother Nature has been dishing out. How to stay safe during natural weather disasters is now on the top of everyone’s mind.
Mother Nature’s sense of humor involves a lot of snow. Great for kids, not so much for adults.
With states like Texas and Florida receiving snow, it’s no no wonder people are searching for ways to stay safe during these winter months. Reading and learning a few simple guidelines can help you survive freezing temperatures if you get stuck outside, or stuck inside without electricity in your home.
How to stay safe during a blizzard if you’re stuck outside.
- Stay dry and cover all exposed body parts. It is best to find shelter if you can. But if you can’t, do your best to build a structure to block the wind – you can use the snow to build a wall or create a snow cave if you have to.
- Keep your blood circulating to help you stay warmer. This is as simple as moving your arms, legs, fingers, and toes from time to time.
- Don’t overexert yourself. Sweating will make you vulnerable to hypothermia. And the cold weather mixed with overexertion can also make a person in poor health susceptible to heart attack.
- Building a fire is the ideal solution for staying warm, and it will provide a way to melt snow to drink so you can stay hydrated. Keeping a simple fire starter or multi-use knife handy can quite possibly save your life.
If you don’t have one already, create a bug out bag for your survival gear. Taking the extra precaution of carrying emergency essentials with you during winter months is a smart way to plan ahead. You can keep a bag in your car, or a small survival tin or bag in your purse or backpack. If you don’t have time to make your own, there are pre-made survival backpacks you can also get.
How to stay safe during a blizzard if you’re stuck inside.
For your home, knowing how to stay safe during winter storms can happen long before winter arrives. If you haven’t created a quarterly checklist for appliances and safety devices in your house, create one this year. Next year, you’ll be glad you did.
- Make sure you have installed fire safety devices and proper ventilation for your home. Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors – make sure they are all in working order.
- Remember that snow can block the vents for your gas furnace. If there’s any possibility this may happen, don’t turn it on. It is safer to wait until the snow melts and know it is not blocking your ventilation.
- If you have electricity, the heater will help you stay warm. You can optimize the heat by closing off rooms that are not being used. Doing this will also help if the heat goes out. Use towels at the bottom of doors to help prevent drafts.
- Cold air can dehydrate you – be sure to eat, and also drink plenty of water. Try to avoid drinks that don’t help your body stay hydrated, such as caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- Bundle up in layers! Warm clothing is important, but it is equally important that you stay dry. It is the same as if you’re stuck outside – overheating can cause your clothing to get wet. Use lightweight layers so you can remove layers as your body temperature changes.
Don’t think a bug out bag is just for outdoors! You can also create a survival essentials bag to keep inside your home. Emergency food supply kits are also a good idea. These are used for natural disasters, and they can also be used during long power outages.
Educate yourself and learn how to stay safe during a blizzard.
Keep these helpful guidelines for reference. Study the image below and know the signs of hypothermia – it could save you or a loved one. Play it safe and plan ahead. Keep up with current weather conditions, and prepare for the worst of Mother Nature before the storm hits.
Author: David Artman
David Artman is the founder and CEO of The Home Security Superstore, an online provider that helps customers protect their homes and their families through its expansive selection of do-it-yourself home security systems and effective self-defense products. With years of marketing experience and an interest in the e-commerce industry, Artman founded the Atlanta-based company Velocity Products, Inc. in 2000, which now owns and operates The Home Security Superstore and ILoveNeon.com. A native of the Pittsburgh area, Artman graduated from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and has worked for well-known companies such as Bausch & Lomb, Andersen Products and Stradis Healthcare, which he co-founded and branded as Sterile Dental Systems Southeast in 1993.