The U.S. Army spend a lot of time thinking about worst case scenarios. WinterCampers.com found the U.S. Army Cold Weather Survival Manual and made it available here.
The manual covers
- COLD REGIONS AND LOCATIONS including considerations for both wet and dry cold weather environments.
- BASIC PRINCIPLES OF COLD
- WEATHER SURVIVAL: including the four basic principles to follow to keep warm – “COLD”.
- C – Keep clothing clean.
- O – Avoid overheating.
- L – Wear clothes loose and in layers.
- D – Keep clothing dry.
- MEDICAL ASPECTS
- COLD INJURIES such as hypothermia, frostbite, trench foot and Immersion foot, dehydration, cold diuresis, sunburn, snow blindness, and constipation.
- SHELTERS including how to build a Snow Cave Shelter, Snow Trench Shelter, Snow Block/Parachute Shelter, Igloo, Lean-To Shelter, Fallen Tree Shelter, and Tree-Pit Shelter
- And finally, how to read Weather Signs such as wind, clouds, smoke, and low pressure fronts.