Winter Weather Ready or Not?

By John Farnam

Snow Bound Cars
Winter Weather Ready or Not?
Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-( Individual Preparedness and this from a friend in Atlanta, GA:

“Few locals were prepared for this weather! I personally witnessed several thousand people walking away from abandoned vehicles, on just one highway. Ice was an inch thick! I drove as far as I could yesterday morning, and then walked three more miles, all in order to rescue a friend, his wife, and daughter after their car ran out of gas. They sat in their cold car for seventeen hours before I got to them. I brought them, and five other hungry, cold strangers to my house. Hope they can get out today.”

Comment: We all need “foul-weather go-bags” in our vehicles! Wool blankets, low-temperature sleeping bags, warm clothing, MRE or two, guns, ammunition, etc.

Most will do nothing to prepare for the next four-weather event (VBCs). But, the wise will!

From a friend in WI:

“Winter conditions here are often life-threatening, because of the cold. Entire stretches of highway have been shut-down, often fifty miles or more. Sometimes, no one can get off for over half a day! Being thus stranded in a stationary car that is running out of gas can be a death-sentence, and has been for some! One thing I've learned, and of which I was reminded from looking at Atlanta: you need to stay off of limited-access roads in bad weather. Take roads that give you choices!”

Similar situation in UT:

“Along the Wasatch Front, we've built tall, endless sound-barriers, on both sides of our freeways. They represent formidable barriers! This has been duplicated in many other metro areas. Once traffic stops in these corridors, you are hopelessly stuck. You will have to walk for miles to find the end. And, those walls are ingeniously designed so no one can climb over them!”

Comment: In an emergency, where certain freeways are officially designated “Evacuation Routes,” a more descriptive term is “Lemming Lanes!” Getting on one of these in an emergency is the equivalent of voluntarily participating in a “Lock-Down” during an active-murderer episode. The kiss of death!

Additional items for your bad-weather kit:

Trucker's Road Atlas. It shows all the little roads! Clear, vinyl coating on every page allows you to use marker pens, Spiral-bound, so the pages lay flat. Impervious to spilled coffee and slurpees!

Flashlights, Tow-strap, Wire-cutters. Yes, you may have to drive through fences! Full tank of gas

The “list” can be endless, but personal preparedness must be a personal imperative for all Operators. VBCs (Victims, by Choice) will predictably be caught unprepared, and are psychologically oriented to do nothing but wait around for someone else to come to their rescue. They will perish, but that is their choice! Not much we can do to help them!

“When winter comes, as winter must, we breath our last… and return to dust!” ~ Line from a Lutheran Hymnal


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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6 years ago

you can drive on snow but ice is another type of critter.

6 years ago

Another think is the Trucker’s Road Atlas should normally be in your bug-out-bag anyway.

As far back as the 90s were bought them and we are not truckers!

6 years ago

The weather alert for that area went out from NOAA, the same people that send out the weather radio alerts, its just that the people in those areas chose to ignore it.

In addition, the weather meteorologist Ginger Zee will and has backed that up live on ABC’s Good Morning America show.

Weather radio or not, listen to your local weather man on radio or TV or visit the US Government site NOAA, enter your zip code in the upper left and click “GO”.

The Alabama Governor is trying to use and blame NOAA as a scapegoat for his ignorance!