If you find yourself trapped in your house due to very deep snow, there are several steps you can take to ensure your safety and increase your chances of being rescued quaickly:
By Daniel Francis, CEO of D911 Inc.
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Stay calm: It's important to remain calm and avoid panicking. Take deep breaths and try to assess your situation before taking any action.
Check your supplies: Check your emergency supplies, including food, water, and medication. Make sure you have enough supplies to last several days. You can buy supplies on the D911 Disaster Response Mobile App to prepare ahead of time for a deep snow event.
Stay warm: Keep yourself warm by bundling up in warm clothing and blankets. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, use it to keep the house warm. Be sure to take all necessary precautions to prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. DO NOT BURN GAS OR CHARCOAL GRILLS IN YOUR HOUSE, GARAGE, OR UTILITY ROOMS FOR HEAT - THIS IS A FATAL MISTAKE!
Stay in contact: If you have a cellphone, keep it with you and make sure it's fully charged. You can use it to call for help if necessary. Stay in contact with family, friends, or emergency services to let them know your situation.
Clear snow: If possible, clear snow from around your house to create a path for emergency services to reach you. However, be careful not to overexert yourself or cause any injuries.
Use signals: Use signals such as flashing lights, bright clothing, or flags to make yourself visible to rescue teams. If possible, create a sign in your window that says "Help" or "SOS".
Stay hydrated: Make sure to drink enough water to avoid dehydration. You can melt snow for water, but make sure to boil it before drinking it to kill any bacteria.
Stay informed: Stay informed about weather conditions and any updates from local authorities. This will help you make informed decisions and stay safe.
Remember, being trapped in your house from very deep snow can be a life-threatening situation, but by staying calm, preparing your emergency supplies, and taking the necessary precautions, you can increase your chances of survival and a fast rescue.