Originally posted by Seekingmyself
alright I live in cincinnati and we got about 6 inches of snow last night/today but apparently this big ice storm is coming our way. Any advice for a
girl who essentially lives on her own? I have to work tonight (a dinner shift) and have classes in the morning(university of cincinnati NEVER closes)
I drive a dinky little 96 cavalier. I don't know how to prepare or with what. Thoughts?
As for going to work tonight, can you find someone to pick up your shift? If not, call your manager and ask if they even need you to come. It could be
they're expecting business to be very slow and they might not need too much staff.
If you don't feel comfortable driving your vehicle in this weather, is there a coworker who lives near you who could swing by and pick you up and
then give you a ride home?
If Cincy has public transportation, taking a bus might be an option.
As far as your classes in the morning, if you can't find someone to catch a ride with or you can't take a bus, you could always skip classes. I'm
sure your professors would be understanding.
If you end up deciding to try to go to work/school in your car, here are some things to keep in mind before you go.
First, dress in several layers and bundle up real good, making sure to wear at least one hat and waterproof gloves if you have them. I was just
outside for quite some time and was wearing a hoodie, a hat, and the hood of coat to keep my head warm.
Gloves are a must. When I was outside I saw a young woman getting ready to go to work at the hospital who was trying to clear her car of ice without
any gloves at all. She didn't have an ice scraper either but was pretty creative because she was using a CD case to scrape her car. My husband helped
her with our scraper, but if for some reason you don't have one, her CD case did fairly well.
De-Icer is awesome stuff that will help you get into your car if your door is stuck, and it also helps get the ice off.
Let your car warm up quite a bit though before you start trying to scrape. If you live alone, do you have a friend who lives near you that you could
buddy up with? I wouldn't want to be outside by myself scraping my car. Two or more people together is better than being alone.
Ok, while the car is warming up, you're gonna need to dig your car out. My husband and I did that, not only for ourselves, but we also dug out that
young lady going to work at the hospital, and we also dug out two other parking spots.
If you don't have a shovel, see if you can borrow one from someone. If you can't walk to a nearby store to buy one, then you're gonna need to be
creative to get yourself dug out.
Last winter when my husband and I found ourselves in this situation, we used a large piece of sturdy plastic to move the snow. I can't remember what
that plastic thing was, but I can tell you that even though it worked, it took a long time and it wasn't easy.
Good luck and be safe.