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Saturday, January 30, 2010

ICE storm travel tips

So it's been pretty crazy here for the last couple of months. Between getting stranded Christmas Eve for 6 hours, in a massive snow storm, to getting hit again this week with another ice storm. The first of the two storms - gave us 12 + inches of snow for days on end. Christmas was not typical in that most families were not together, because they were stranded and/or not able to travel anywhere to see extended family. We just took down our Christmas tree last week b/c we promised our son we'd keep it up until all our family Christmases were done.

It almost felt like winter was trailing off until this blasted ice storm hit this week. Again - because I'm 'that' lucky, I worked most days during the storms, and ended up traveling home in it all again. Thankfully, I work for a wonderful company who allowed me to close our store so that myself and one employee could go home. We closed 2 full hours before the mall did. You know it's serious when two major highways are shut down in the state...and yet the mall still chose to stay open. Here's a video showing my drive home on the second day. It really wasn't too bad - even today. However it's all the other CRAZY drivers that make it impossible to get through this mess.

I hope if you're in OK ,or in the path of the storm making it's way to your state, you're staying safe. Here are some great storm preparation musts --

Buy and stock up on:

bottled water
warm blankets
a generator
kitty litter or salt for the drive way, or to keep in your car incase of getting stranded
2 snow shovels - one for the house and one for your car
gloves and hats
extra thick socks to keep in your car, plus a warm change of clothes & snow boots
Toilet paper
Non-perishable foods

Also - never forget - do not leave your car unless help has arrived. Being exposed to the elements is more dangerous than staying where you have secure shelter ---> your car. The only reason to leave your car is if you're able to walk a short (and I mean short) distance to a nearby building for shelter.

Also, incase you're stranded in your car for a bit - here's a helpful hint: Keep an empty cup in your car and a roll of toilet paper....I'll leave it to your imagination to why. :)
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