making a transmission from the bunker. I’ve gotten some emails and noticed that my little blog is still getting some hits throughout the week. I decided to send more transmissions considering the times we are living in now. I do enjoy the emails, so please send me a line!
A big chunk of the U.S(and Canada) is in the midst of the Snowpocalypse. This year has been especially brutal with the below zero temperatures and deadly windchills. This post will be about how to survive during this frozen hellscape.
Last week in Minnesota it was in the -20s (not including wind) and finally this week we are up above zero. We’ve been getting piled on with back to back blizzards.
Looks like I’ll have to tunnel my way out of ARTIC-traz…….okay, okay I’ll stave the puns.
Some days the weather had been so bad that there was no travel advisory for 3 days. That’s 3 days of hunkering down and not leaving your bunker or abode. Last week I had to dip into my emergency rations because payday hadn’t occurred before the storm hit. I wasn’t able to stock up on some supplies beforehand.
Preparing for the Storm
It’s always a good idea to check the weather often. If there’s a storm a-brewin’ it’s a good time to head to the store a couple days before and stock up on some essentials. You may be hanging out at your pad for awhile. This will all of course vary depending upon where you live—if you live in the city, an apartment, house, or out in the country. There will be different needs for those places. I will just be writing from the perspective of someone who lives in an apartment in a smaller town.
A rough list of some essentials:
- Toilet Paper
- Non perishable Food
- Bottled Water
- Pet food(if you have pets)
- Hygiene products
- Storm radio
- Snow Shovels
- Sand or ice melt
- Carbon Monoxide detector
- Hand warmers
If you have a vehicle DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO GET YOUR WINTER MAINTENANCE DONE. Get your oil changes, fuel system cleaned, air up those tires, and so on and so forth. Do not let your fuel go below half a tank if you’re in severe cold weather.
Speaking of vehicles….
I highly advise against traveling in shit weather. This is not to assume you are a shitty driver, but all I’m saying is that there are a fuck-ton of shitty drivers out there that all come out of the wood work once winter hits. If you MUST travel, be sure to tell someone before you leave—that way if something happens, people will have a general idea of where you are.
Here in MN and NoDak the plows even shut down at one point because it was just that dangerous.
The dangers to watch out for are black ice and white-out conditions just to name a couple. Also snow drifts like this:
Even when there isn’t a winter storm going on it’s very important to have your winter survival kit in your car. These are items that will aid you if you are ever stranded.
Here’s a rough list:
- NonPerishable foodstuffs (chocolate, dried fruit, easy open canned goods)
- Multitool(like a Leatherman)
- Jumper Cables
- portable battery (for jumpstarting)
- Yellow Heet
- First aid kit
- road flares
- Matches, lighter
- Small metal pot (to cook or melt snow in)
- bottled water
- Water purification tabs (in case you need to melt snow)
- Hand/body warmers
- Blankets, sleeping bag
- Snow boots
- Gloves or mittens
- winter hat
- Ski goggles/sunglasses
- Nonclump cat litter, sand
- fold-able shovel
- windshield fluid
- Cellphone charger with car adapter
- Books, paper maps
- Tea/instant coffee
- Emergency Radio
- Coffee can (to use as a toilet)
If you are stranded out on the road, stay put and let help find you. If you have phone reception definitely call for help, but make sure you conserve your battery and your car’s fuel.
And there you have it! I hope this gives you a general idea of how to prepare and survive this intense winter season!