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Ice, snow and frigid temperatures can be dangerous. Armed with some helpful winter survival tips you can rest easier knowing you are prepared to meet these challenges.

Stock-up on Food - When winter arrives, you should prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Stocking up on canned or dried food is the easy part. Choose foods that are ready to eat such as canned pasta, soups and meats such as canned ham or tuna. Peanut butter, nuts, dried fruits and crackers will round out your diet. Taking a multi-vitamin daily will make sure that you get the recommended vitamins and minerals when you are eating only canned foods. Food For Emergencies

Store Water - Winter storms can take down power lines throwing you into darkness without power. Most recognize that without electricity they may not be able to cook or run the furnace, but what many people don’t realize is that without power you cannot pump water. Having stored water will be important.

Soda bottles can be rinsed and filled ¾ full with water and placed into your freezer. They will provide safe drinking water and they can help keep food in your refrigerator from spoiling. You can also put gallons of water that have had a couple of cups removed outside. If they freeze, you can use them to keep food from spoiling and drink the water. Water & Purification

Layering is Key for Warmth - Hypothermia can strike fast. It is important to keep your body warm. Without an alternative heat source you should layer yourself in clothing. Multiple layers of heavy clothing along with a hat, gloves and extra socks will help.

Alternative Heat Source - Kerosene heaters are useful heating alternatives. These units are designed to use indoors and operate on minimal fuel. Small kerosene heater stoves, like those available through Nitro Pak, can heat water for instant foods and beverages and provide a small amount of heat. Space blankets are also very effective for heat retention.

Keep the Car Ready for Winter

Water - If you drive in an area where winter storms are common you should have a winter survival kit in your car at all times. You should also have at least 2 gallons of water in your car as well. Remember water expands when it freezes so don’t fill the contain full before storing it.

72-Hour Kit - A winter survival kit should contain 72 hours of ready to eat food, a first aid kit, emergency candles and a metal can to secure the candle safely along with matches or a lighter.

Staying Warm - A single candle burning inside your car can prevent a person from freezing to death. Along with this kit you should have an extra coat, hat, and gloves. A heavy sleeping bag with a space blanket increases your ability to stay warm. The silver reflective color of a space blanket can also be used to signal rescue personnel.

Tools - Battery cables, a multi-purpose tool and a shovel, like the metal tri-fold collapsible shovel available through Nitro Pak, need to be in your vehicle at all times. A shovel will allow you to dig your car out of the snow and make a snow shelter if necessary. Flares can be useful for signaling should you become stranded in your car during a blizzard. Search and Rescue helicopters fly over roadways after winter storms looking for people who have become stranded.

Many of these winter survival tips are useful throughout the year. All survival kits should be examined every few months. Supplies that have been used should be replaced and the contents changed depending on the season.

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