Tips to stay warm if you’re stranded in the snow, cold

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Jim Falls (WQOW) — With roads in rough shape and more snow in the forecast, you may end up waiting for a tow, or even stranded from a broken down ride. So, some are offering tips to survive in the snow and cold.

If retired Marine John Reiter ever got stranded in the snow he’d use his training and build a snow cave.

“A little shelter like this will easily keep one or two people warm,” Reiter said. “If you’re out of the wind, and you’re sheltered, and you’ve got a heat source, and you’ve got something to keep the moisture wicked away from your body, you’ll be fine.”

Reiter told News 18 basic survival skills could help you get through a winter emergency. He said the tools used to make the snow shelter could easily be kept in your car, and can be purchased at any Army-Navy surplus store or even a home improvement store.

“Bare minimum – the collapsible shovel, a plastic tarp and a wool blanket. Go a little more deluxe, add a couple of candles. It’s amazing how much heat one or two candles will generate,” added Reiter.

He also said learning to properly dig a snow cave could be life-saving for someone far from help.

“You get trapped in a blizzard, you wander, you don’t have a compass, you’re lost, here you go because you can survive and you will not freeze to death,” Reiter said.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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