Be Prepared to Survive Winter Weather
Earlier this winter Polar Vortex blanketed the Midwest, followed by subsequent days of below-zero temperatures and dangerous wind chills. Most recently, our region has been hit by a serious of blizzards. These winter weather events remind us just how important it is to carry a Winter Weather Emergency Kit.
You might think, “I’m just driving 10 miles down the road to check on pigs at another farm.” or “I’ll just run into town for a few supplies.” During inclement weather, it doesn’t matter if you’re whether you’re one mile or 100 miles from home. You can get stranded anywhere, particular in the rural areas many of us travel.
Whiteout conditions are disorienting. Vehicles have been accidentally hit when motorists have lost their bearings and stopped in the middle of the road. Sometimes we decide we can’t go on, but other times our vehicles simply can’t make it through the extreme weather. Whatever happens, it’s best to be prepared to handle the most extreme circumstances.
Keeping a thermal blanket (the one that looks like aluminum foil), as well as a heavy wool blanket plus wool socks in your vehicle is a smart winter survival tactic. Wool helps keep you warm and dry. In fact, wool blankets are commonly used in our ambulances and for winter rescues.