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Over the last few days, a record-breaking blizzard known as Winter Storm Jonas dumped several feet of snow across the eastern United States, causing at least two dozen deaths. Major storms like this can be life-threatening, especially if you’re stuck outdoors and unprepared.
So, now is the time to learn how to diagnose, treat, and survive hypothermia. That way, if you’re caught in a snowstorm, you’ll know the warning signs and how to react.
We love infographics for their ability to condense useful facts into a visually appealing and memorable format. This infographic from Eastern Mountain Sports illustrates some useful tips about hypothermia:
Wearing layers, maintaining a high core temperature, and staying dry will give you a good head start towards staving off the cold. However, in case you’re stuck outside in the snow for an extended period, you should also know how to build a winter snow shelter.
Small items like Mylar emergency blankets and chemical heat packs can be a life-saver, and they don’t weigh much or take up valuable pack space. Consider keeping a few in your go bag and/or your vehicle’s glove box. Most of all, plan ahead and prepare to deal with the cold when you leave the house. It might just save you this winter.