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January 13, 2020 Winter Survival Tips

Karla Meikle 4-H Youth Development

Dates to Remember:

January 17: Design Your Succession Plan-Session 1, Mandan
January 24: Design Your Succession Plan-Session 2, Mandan


With frigid cold temperatures settling in this week, here are a couple of ways to prepare yourself for venturing outside.

Winter Survival Kit

The Winter Survival Kit smartphone app can be as critical as a physical winter survival kit if you find yourself stuck or stranded in severe winter weather conditions.

Winter Survival Kit will help you find your current location, call 911, notify your friends and family, calculate how long you can run your engine to keep warm and stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The app is available for free on Google Play and the iTunes App Store.

You can use the Winter Survival Kit app to store important phone and policy numbers for insurance or roadside assistance. You also can designate emergency contacts you want to alert when you become stranded.

If you become stranded, the Winter Survival Kit app will help you determine your geographic location and contact emergency services. The app's "gas calculator" will help you estimate how long you can run your engine on your remaining fuel.

Winter Survival Kit will alert you every 30 minutes to remind you to periodically turn off your engine and to check your exhaust pipe for snow buildup. These alerts are critical in helping you avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

Winter Survival Kit also provides NDSU Extension Service information on how to put together a physical winter survival kit and prepare your vehicle for winter driving, and how to stay safe when stranded in a winter storm.

The app was developed by NDSU Extension Service and Myriad Devices, and funded with USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Smith-Lever Special Needs grants.

Winter Travel Tips

To keep you safe, #AdultingNDSU has come up with three tips to guide you on your way during these frigid temperatures, and road conditions that can change in the blink of an eye.

1.   Know before you go. A key piece of winter travels is to know what is ahead of you. You should always check your local weather station for an up-to-date forecast before you hit the road. The sky may be clear outside your window, but that does not mean the path to your destination is. If the forecast is questionable, stay put if possible.  

2.   Plan your route. Know what the road ahead of you looks like, as road conditions are always changing. To get an idea of current road conditions, check out your state’s Department of Transportation webpage. They regularly update road conditions, letting you know whether roads might be covered in ice or snow, or if there is no travel advised. North Dakota’s Travel Information can be found here: https://www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info-v2/ .

3.   Prep your car. Before the cold weather sets in, be sure to schedule your vehicle for a tune-up, to ensure your vehicle is ready for the season. During the winter months, you should always keep your vehicle’s gas tank at least ½ full. You never know when you may become stranded. In addition, be sure to have a Winter Car Kit available to you in case of emergency. To find out how to build your own kit, check out the #BabyItsColdOutside Winter Car Kit Checklist: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/adulting/babyitscoldoutside

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