\What If a Blizzard
Came - The making of a Blizzard Survival Bag
By Joseph Parish
Here you are driving in North Dakota in the middle of
winter. You have the radio turned on and winter weather
warnings are in effect for the complete state. The
outside temperature is down around the 10 to 20 degree
mark with wind speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour. You
have been moving slowly at a snails pace since it is
difficult to see ten feet in front of you. No other cars
have been sighted for the last 40 minutes.
You approach a curve in the road but the road ice is so
thick you begin to slide to the side. You try to
compensate for the drift however nothing you do can help
you prevent the slide. You bounce off the road and into a
ditch. You and your car sit motionless in the snow bank
for a few moments because you realize you are stuck there
until help arrives.
You manage to push open your car door and make your way
out of the car to see what damages have been done and
what your next course of action should be. You can see
that to try and get out of the ditch is virtually
impossible as your wheels are firmly packed with snow and
ice. All you can manage to do is spin tires and possibly
make your situation worse.
You did not bring a shovel of any sort and even if you
had you probably could not shovel your way out of the
snow bank. In fact you donít even carry a safety flare in
your trunk for notifying passing vehicles of your
predicament. You grab your cell phone to call for help
and realize your cell phone battery is totally dead.
You are freezing cold and you know that you will shortly
die from exposure. What are you going to do now? You know
what you are going to do because you planned well ahead
of time by creating a Blizzard Survival Bag.
Reaching over under your seat and withdraw a plastic tote
containing a flashlight, a thermal blanket, extra socks,
your hand cranked radio, several small containers of
canned and dried food, several water purification
tablets, an ice pick, a film canister of water proof
matches and a candle. You know you have rehearsed this
scenario many times before but now its for real.
You empty the contents of the tote on the car seat beside
you and survey all the items that was in it. You next
take a small can of food and open it and quickly eat it.
Using the can you place the small candle in the center of
it being certain that it is secure. I recommend tea
candles. They are inexpensive and sit low in the can so
as not to tip over.
Using the water proof matches light the candle and sit it
somewhere that it will be safe. Wrap the nylon thermal
blanket securely around you to conserve your body heat.
Use your hand cranked radio to maintain checks on the
weather status. Should you be thirsty you can easily melt
some snow using your food cans and your candle. It can be
purified with the use of your water purification tablets.
Should a car be coming by make certain to use your
flashlight as much as possible to alert the passing
motorist of your situation. As a side note in states like
North Dakota it is mandatory that in the wintertime
passing motorists stop to see if anyone is inside of a
broken down car along the road however donít take
unnecessary chances let them know you are there.
While it is fresh on your mind why not create your own
Blizzard Survival Bag. Don't delay until a disaster
strikes because then itís simply too late.