What To Do When Stranded In Your Vehicle During a Blizzard

Many people will be traveling during the holidays, regardless of road conditions. Be sure to pack emergency blankets, survival kits, and bottled water in your vehicles as a matter of precaution. In the event you get stranded in a blizzard, here are some recommendations on what to do:
  • Do not panic.
  • Stay in your vehicle. It’s easy to get lost and disoriented in a blizzard.
  • Use supplies from your survival kit conservatively.
  • If you are stuck during the day, place an orange or red flag on your antenna. At night, leave your dome light on - but only while the car is running.
  • Remember to check your tailpipe occasionally to make sure it's free of snow. Clean the pipe to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning when the engine is running.
  • If there is more than one person in the car, take turns sleeping. If you are alone in the car, do not sleep while the engine is running.
  • Do some minor exercising in the vehicle to keep up circulation.
  • If you have a cell phone, call for assistance and provide authorities with your location. Do not run down the battery!
  • When the snow has stopped, try stamping a big "HELP" sign in the snow beside your vehicle that will be visible to aircraft.

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Source: denvergov.org
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