Friday, January 10, 2014

Emergency Preparedness for the Extreme Cold
















Winter weather always makes me cringe.  I really don't like it.  Yes,  the snow can be absolutely beautiful.  But it soon turns into a big mess. What I especially don't like is the really cold temperatures.  It just gets down in your bones.  This winter we have seen several winter weather warnings and advisories and it made me think about whether or not I was prepared if I got stuck out in these freezing temperatures. The National Weather  Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold.



Honeyville offers several options of self heating cans that I have decided to keep in my car trunk in case of an emergency during the winter season. If you get stuck with a dead battery on the side of the road or in any unforeseen circumstance, you have our Hot Can Tomato or Chicken soup or Hot Can Cafe Mocha or Hot Cocoa right with you.  How ingenious is that? This takes care of two possible issues. One it gets you warm for awhile and two, it also gives you some sustenance.  These are a great option for all sorts of emergency preparedness. These cans can heat up in 3 minutes or less. 


Water Bricks are also a good option to have to store some extra food or water in your vehicle.  Water in the bricks need to be rotated every six months, and I would only recommend keeping it in the car when it was cool or cold, unless you took it in and out regularly.  You want to make sure the water you are drinking is safe. The water bricks come in two sizes and can hold from 1.6 to 3.5 gallons of water.  

The professionals say the main things we need to be worried about in adverse winter weather is staying warm and staying hydrated.  These two items make those things a little easier to do.      

These are just a few of the options I would consider adding to your car's emergency kit.  Read our Emergency Preparedness for your Car post to see more items that you should have to be prepared when you're on the move.  

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