Preparing for Winter Storm Q!

As I write this, we Nebraskans are just beginning to see the effects of Winter Storm Q! Will it be as disastrous as people are saying? Meh, probably not.  Right now there appears to be an average Midwestern snow fall, with a thin film of snow actually sticking to the ground. An unhyped snow storm would maybe result in some late starts for Elementary Schools and a few club closings. Winter Storm Q however, has Lincoln, and surrounding Nebraskans in their homes with closings of all schools including the University. Surprisingly, the University is notorious for only allowing 2 snow days in their entire academic history. As I look outside, I can't help but to think, you've just been punked. But, what I'd like to go over in today's post is how to prepare for a snowstorm, even if you're just in the city cuddled up with your corgie, sipping hot cocoa.  You're going to have to leave the house sometime right?

Lets start off with how to dress.  Snow is simply water in a solid form, therefore, your clothing needs to be made from materiels that will keep you warm, even when damp.  For this, we're looking for wool, or synthetic fabrics.  Down is also great, as long as you're able to keep it dry.  If you're going outside to shovel wearing a cotton sweatshirt, and blue jeans, you're in for a rude awakening.  Cotton is the worst material to wear in the snow.  It absorbs moisture like crazy, and doesn't dry very quickly.  This can easily result in hypothermia, even if the temperature is as high as 50 F.  

I guess I'm just writing this as a warning, since most people don't know what simple things that you can do to turn a bad snow storm situation, into a controlled situation.  Lets move on to a more common snow storm survival situation, the stuck vehicle!  For this, there are a few things that you should store in your vehicle.  
  • A warm blanket or sleeping bag
  • 1 gallon of water per person
  • Windshield de-icer
  • A snowshovel
  • A fully charged cell phone
  • An extra cell phone battery
These could all play a part in saving your life if you get into trouble on the road during a snow storm. If you were driving through a wilderness area during a storm, first off, I'd say to hold off the trip until conditions are safer.  If by chance the weather catches you by suprise in the wilderness, be sure to carry at least one item that could help you start a fire (matches, lighters, ferro rods, a hand drill... alright, 99% of people reading this should leave the hand drill alone in this case... anyway).  

I just mean this to be a quick lesson on what you can do to save your life during a snow storm.  If you have any specific questions, feel free to shoot me an email at
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