Stranded in a Blizzard
Since winter is fast approaching, being stuck outside in a blizzard is becoming an issue that could happen to anyone. Blizzards may not be a threat to everyone in the world, but for the states affected by snow, a blizzard could be a fairly common event. The 3 main places to be stuck during a blizzard are a building, outside, and in a vehicle.
A building is the best area to be stuck in during a blizzard. Most buildings have insulation that will keep the temperature from quickly exiting the area. Also, most buildings are completely secure from the wind and any outside elements. The downside to a building, like any area, could be supplies depending on how prepared people are.
Outside is by far the worst area to be stuck in during a blizzard. Being outside for more than 3 hours without shelter could lead to hyperthermia or severe frostbite. The main thing to do is try to find natural shelter, such as couple close together trees or an overhand of natural rock. In regard to trees, pine trees are the most effective due to their thickness and their pine leaves not falling off. Once shelter is found, fire would be the next priority, in order to help keep body temperature up.
Being stuck in a car isn’t the worst scenario, but its not ideal. The advantage to being stuck in a car is that the car can be on for random times in order to keep the heat in. The best thing to do while in the car is to take any papers and put them on the windows to preserve heat, while coving up with a blanket. The car should be run about 10 minutes an hour, in order to provide a reasonable temperature but no waste gas.
Wherever you are during a blizzard, the best thing is to have an emergency kit. With a kit and the proper shelter, survival will be a sure thing until help arrives.