Elderly couple found dead in the snow.

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  1. Deltic

    Deltic

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    They were about a mile from their car and close to their home. For those of you my age keep your vehicle maintained and have a kit for fixing vehicle problems and another for walking to safety if you can't fix your ride. For those of you who still have living parents this might be a good time to check their vehicles and makes some emergency kits for them.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/e...er-snow-police-say/ar-BBXV3DM?ocid=spartandhp
     
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    Cheap things to put in a walk home kit.
    hand warmers/ toe warmers
    old walking shoes(very important for ladies who tend to wear high heels or sandals)
    gloves and knitted hats, both available at the dollar store
    wind breakers, ponchos, warm stuff
    energy or granola bars
    bright/reflective clothing or belts
    something to drink that will not leak in freezing temps I don't know what the best thing is
    a hand warmer in a sock could thaw a drink
    flashlights
    If you give a kit to your parent explain what is in it and how it is used.
    Feel free to expand on this.
     
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  3. jack76590

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    I would add charged cell phone to the list. People who found them called sheriff on cell phone so they were in service area.
     
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  4. Deltic

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    Almost everyone has a cellphone these days, maybe theirs had no battery power? IIRC any cell phone can call 911 even if you have no phone service.
     
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    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

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    Add a few old blankets, a folding candle lantern and some candles (w/a way to light them), because you might have to wait out the storm in the car until someone finds you.

    * The candle lantern will keep the cab warm enough to keep you alive in the worst weather if you have warm clothes and a couple of old blankets.

    Regards,
    Happyguy :)
     
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  6. Lt. Donn

    Lt. Donn PSO Survivor. currently in NW Georgia

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    Sad story...and just reinforces being prepared in any area, but really important in snow-country.
     
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    candles, alcohol stove..blankets. Food/Water/Meds.

    someone checking on your whereabouts. Good communication

    proper assessment of your physical abilities
     
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    In many areas in the US, you are out of tower range once you are 5 miles off the interstate...
     
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    cheygriz God Bless Trump

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    The good sense to remain in the vehicle until rescued.

    Obviously cell phone AND CHARGER!!!!

    A CB radio is also a good idea.

    If you're going to be ten miles up a logging road in the mountains, of course your needs are different. But then you should be far better prepared.
     
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    Pistolay Wut? Silver Member

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    This is why I have a real problem with those NIMBY types who fight any attempt to put a cell tower in their neck of the woods. There's just no excuse for that these days.
     
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    And make sure they have a phone charger in their car. I've seen several where missing elderly leave their cell phone off (where it can't be pinged) because they worry about running the battery down. A charger may help alleviate that concern for them.
     
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  12. Deltic

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    It sounds like a short walk from their car to home. A few years ago they probably would have made it with no problem, getting old sucks.:fred:
     
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    Having lived and worked in snow country for decades, our vehicles were always stocked with emergency gear; water, high energy foods, flashlights, candles, lighters & matches, sleeping bags and blankets, extra clothing for season, folding shovel, firearms, phones, tools, etc.

    When we traveled, we gave family our itinerary and timetable.
     
  14. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

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    Doing battle on this front currently...

    My in-law's Buick has the gas gauge stuck at over half a tank... I've had 2 calls for help, the first was handled by an un-named *awesome* Sparks NV PD officer... I got the second one myself.

    Told Mom (the Alpha of that pack) that I work during the day, and I don't answer the Home phone... so you need to get that fixed, cause I'm not losing my job cause you haven't fixed your vehicle.

    We will see how it goes. I'm thinking I need to stop by, borrow the car, and get them a quote on the work.

    Hope I'm in as good shape as they are when hitting 90.... but c'mon kids, can't be breaking down on Hwy 80 in the snow when getting your California Lotto Tickets in...

    :waving:
     
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    A short term "fix" is reset odometer. At 250 miles they fill the tank.
     
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    yep.. did this in my Jeep c7 for years LOL