Cold Weather Survival Techniques

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RENO, NV - James Glanton and his girlfriend, told someone where they were going and when they were going to be back.

That could have easily been the difference between surviving the ordeal and not.

”Obviously they told somebody they were going someplace and then these people said, hey they didn't come back, so then they called 911 and said they our friends are missing,” says Randy Post with Washoe County Sheriffs HASTY Team.

Post says surviving cold and snowy winter conditions in northern Nevada means making plans before you ever go out in them.

Like telling someone where you are going and when you'll be back.

Think about what you'll be taking with you, should something unexpected happen.

“Food, water, some communications device to let us know they are missing,” says Post.

If you find yourself trapped in your vehicle off the road, stay in your vehicle, don't leave it as it's your best source of protection against the elements.

Run the engine about ten minutes each hour and run the heater and dome light only when the car is on.

“Have a full gas tank because you have to envision, oh I may get stuck and I may have to be self sufficient and I may have to have heat for a long time,” says Post.

Keep the exhaust pipe clear, bring anything from the trunk into the car like blankets and jackets and flares.

Use newspaper, maps and even car mats to keep warm.

If you are with others huddle together for warmth.

Your hat is the most essential piece of clothing you can have.

That's because most of your body heat leaves through thehead.

Use a stocking cap that covers your ears.

Even a baseball cap helps.

Don't take them off unless you start to sweat.

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