Montana Winter Weather Awareness
Safety: Caught in the Storm
Photo Courtesy of NWS Glasgow - Hills south of Fort Peck Lake - March 25, 2008.
If you are caught in a winter storm, follow these safety tips to help you stay safe:
Find Shelter: Try to stay dry. Cover all exposed body parts.
If No Shelter: Build a lean-to, windbreak or snow cave for protection from the wind.
Build a fire for heat and to attract attention. Place rocks around the fire to absorb and reflect heat.
Stay Hydrated: Melt snow for drinking water. Avoid eating snow. Eating snow will lower your body temperature
In a Vehicle
Stay In Vehicle: You will become quickly disoriented in wind-driven snow and cold. Run the
motor about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Open the window a little for fresh air to avoid
carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.
Be Visible To Rescuers: Turn on the dome light at night when running the engine. Tie a colored
cloth, preferably red, to your antenna or door. After snow stops falling, raise the hood to
indicate you need help.
Exercise: From time to time, move arms, legs, fingers and toes vigorously to keep blood
circulating and to keep warm.
Stay Inside: When using alternate heat from a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc., use
fire safeguards and properly ventilate.
No Heat: Close off unneeded rooms. Cover windows at night. Eat and drink plenty. Food provides the
body with energy for producing its own heat. Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration. Wear layers
of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent
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Winter Storms...The Deceptive Killers Brochure
Wind Chill Information
Red Cross Checklists: Winter Storm |
Pets and Disasters |
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