Bad weather systems are some of the most common emergency survival situations. Snowstorms are probably the most overlooked because for the most part they are just the winter version of rainfall, and these are normal occurrences in our lives.
The problem is that regular ‘normal’ occurrence gives people the false sense of security that inures them to the dangerous insidious potential that can quickly hurt them. It happens especially in the case of very severe snowstorm, which belie their seriousness compared to the more dramatic results of hard rains and flooding.
Why Are Snowstorms so Dangerous?
In warmer bad weather you mainly worry about wind damage and traveling through flooding. If you can avoid that, you’ll likely make it afterward. Bad snow storms have an additional threat of freezing cold, and this situation will kill swiftly and mercilessly.
Also, unlike a head on hurricane or tornado which always starts bad and ends bad, most people don’t experience the worst effects of a bad snowstorm until just after it ends. In fact, as we’ve seen this week on the East Coast, it is difficult to predict with absolute certainty the severity of a snow storm in your precise location.