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10 Ways to Survive a Snowstorm


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Layer Up
If you absolutely have to go outside, the secret to staying warm is to wear layers of insulating clothing.
If you absolutely have to go outside, the secret to staying warm is to wear layers of insulating clothing.
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The best thing to ­do during a snowstorm is to stay indoors. But if you absolutely­ need to get somewhere on foot, you'll have to be very smart in order to survive. The most important thing you need to do is to dress appropriately. Loose, warm, layered clothing is the way to go. Loose clothing helps the blood flow, increasing warmth. Wearing a hat and gloves is essential because most of our body heat leaves through the extremities. Mittens are warmer than gloves because the fingers are allowed to touch each other and create additional heat. The same goes for your feet -- layer your socks and wear wool if you have it. Snowstorm conditions are usually accompanied by limited visibility, so make your outer layer a bright color so you can be seen by others.

Once you have all layered and ready to go, make sure you take a cell phone if you have one. It's likely that the roads won't be crowded with cars, but the chances of a random car sliding off the road into you are pretty good, so avoid walking roadside if you can. If you find you can't reach your destination or you get lost or stuck, get out of the elements as soon as you can. Duck into an open store or if you're in a rural area, hole up in a barn. If there are no buildings around, get behind something large to shelter you from the wind.

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