Tips For Surviving Severe Weather
Tips For Surviving Severe Weather.
We have received some winter weather emails and suggestions.
From Mary and Joe who were traveling near Springfield, CO on their way to visit relatives (Dec 29, 2006).
They said they got stranded on a side road when the main roads were no longer passable. They thought that they could make it and were wrong. They had food, water, blankets and a cell phone and what they thought were adaquate winter coats.
Their cell phone did not work and they remember passing a house a few miles back. They decided to head out for that house. The coats became wet within the first 20 minutes of their walk. Mary was getting really cold and they thought to keep pressing on.
They got to the house which someone was home and took shelter with the kind family.
They said that they thought they were prepared. The family that they stayed several days with until the roads cleared said they come across stranded motorists all the time and not all of them are alive. They went on saying that most people take nothing when traveling, never thinking they need to be prepared.
The biggest thing is not being able to stay warm and not having proper communication equipment. They said that CB's and HAM Radios (like RF Limited Magnum S3 10 Meter Mobile Ham Radio Transceiver) were the only things that worked out in the plains and that cell phone were useless.
Mary and Joe went on saying that their coats were about 7 years old and they paid good money for them when they bought them. They also said they had washed them several times and that the protective coating that kept the outer parts of the coat sealed to prevent water from coming in was washed away. They will buy new coats.
They went on to say they now have new friends and are grateful for the help they received. They hope that talking about there experience will help others and make people more aware of the dangers of winter driving and not being properly prepared.
Chad from Miami, Florida said they keep supplies in their vehicles year round. He said they rotate the food, especially the crackers because they get stale. He said that tuna packed in oil will not freeze like tuna packed in water. And he said they have added a wind-up battery charger to their vehicles and also a wind-up flashlight.
I have found something called a High Gear Smart Dynamo on Amazon.com that is a flashlight, battery charger and a radio.
Carol in Madison, Wisconsin said they put traveling size games that don't take up a lot of space in their vehicle. They have been stranded several times and the kids stay occupied with the games.
I have found a Scrabble Game Folio on Amazon.com that is plenty of fun for the family and could be a great learning experience, it is one of many games that they offer.
Marty in Casper, Wyoming says they don't go anywhere without putting beef or deer jerky in their vehicle. They also mix an assortment of peanuts, craisins, banana chips and dark chocolate pieces.
Karen in San Francisco, California says that they travel in the mountains a lot and they keep a used cell phone in their trunk, along with a portable CB radio. She says they always keep them charged. They have used the cell phone to call 911 for help even though they don't have cell service. She said that most cell phone companies allow emergency calls from an otherwise useless phone.