Surviving Wild Weather!

Bonnie Schneider, meteorologist for CNN and HLN and author of the new book Extreme Weather, offers tips for beating winter's worst

by Mary Kate Frank
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Lightning? If you're outside and can't get to a safe shelter, squat, tuck your head down and cover your ears. Do not lie down flat.
Photograph: Don Farrall


LINGO IS KEY Do you know the difference between a blizzard and a winter storm? What about an advisory, a watch and a warning? (Hint: A warning is the one to take most seriously.) Before you race out to stock up on canned tuna and Mallomars, learn what the terms used on TV mean ( explains all), and you’ll know when you’re in real danger.

OPT FOR MITTENS “Trapped air insulates, so mittens, which are snug at the wrist, keep you warmer than gloves,” says Schneider.

PROTECT PETS They’re also at risk in winter. Assemble a portable pet disaster kit with water and food, plus any special needs. And make sure your pup’s ID tag is secure. According to the ASPCA, more pets go missing during winter than in any other season, perhaps because snow interferes with their sense of smell.

First Published January 3, 2012

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