Thursday, March 7, 2019

A Story About Being Stranded in the Snow

So this guy got stuck in the snow for days and had to eat Taco Bell hot sauce to survive.  On the positive (?) side, he gets free Taco Bell for a year.  But with a bit of preparedness, this situation wouldn't have happened at all...

  • Choose your route carefully.  What may be an easily traversed road in the summer, can be nearly impassable in the winter.  And if the route is generally impassable, you can expect that not many people will be driving by to help out someone who is stuck.
  • If the weather is getting worse or road conditions are deteriorating quickly, don't be afraid to turn around.
  • If you will be driving in snow, always carry chains!
  • Leave your itinerary with a responsible person, including your expected driving route, so people will know where to start looking for you if you don't show up in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Always carry food and water with you.  A case of water and week's worth of emergency survival food doesn't take up much space and can save your life in an emergency.
  • Always carry survival supplies with you.  Your car BOB should cover every personal necessity and you should also have basic emergency gear for your car.
  • Have multiple ways to communicate (your cell phone, a burner phone on a different cell network, a HAM radio, etc).
  • Unless you know exactly where you are going and it is a short hike, don't try to walk out of such a situation.  You are easier to find if you are in your vehicle than if you are walking and not visible from the air.
  • Study up on the topic of surviving when stranded in the snow so you will know what to do if you ever find yourself in such a situation (info here, here, and here).

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