Winter Storm Juno has brought freezing temperatures and heavy snow to areas across the northeast United States. Blizzard-like conditions have made travel not only dangerous, but also nearly impossible. Although any type of travel during winter weather is not advised, there are ways to survive if you find yourself stranded in the midst of a winter storm like Juno.

The first step is to have an emergency survival kit prepared for your car. To download a list of items to include in your kit, click here. If you are on the road when a blizzard hits, the following steps can increase your chances of survival:

  • Pull off the highway. Turn on hazard lights and hang a distress flag from the radio antenna or window.
  • Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are more likely to find you. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter.
  • Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Eat regularly and drink ample fluids to avoid dehydration, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Be careful not to waste battery power. Balance electrical energy needs—the use of lights, heat, and radio—with supply.

There is a chance that you may not be near a vehicle when a winter storm arrives. These steps can help you survive if you are stranded on foot during a blizzard:

  • Dress properly for cold weather. This includes dressing in layers, wearing mittens, which are warmer than gloves, and wearing a hat and scarf.  Also wear proper footwear.
  • Make sure you stay hydrated. Dehydration can leave you more prone to frostbite and hypothermia.

Winter storm Juno is expected to wind down by early Wednesday morning. However, travel will continue to be dangerous for the next few days. Visit the Winter Weather and Extreme Cold section of your portal or contact your Client Services representative for more ways to prepare for the next winter storm that may develop.

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