Here, an expert gives us the info we need when a winter-storm strikes.

"I think it's important to understand that winter storms happen very suddenly, and they happen for multiple days at a time," says Chiran Livera, deputy director of operations, Ontario, with the Canadian Red Cross. Our cars and homes should be prepared in case the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Livera stresses that the best way to avoid being stranded in your vehicle during extreme weather is prevention. Pay attention to the weather advisories and the roads where you're travelling. "Know the road conditions before hand. Listen to the radio on the way there to see if there are any blizzards on the way." If you see a bad weather advisory, the best thing to do is not chance it.

However, if  you end up stranded be sure to have "booster cables, warning lights and flares, warm clothes, road maps, fire extinguishers," as well as flashlights, sand, shovel, ice scraper, energy bars and extra blankets.

Also, always make sure someone knows when you left and when you're due to arrive. "That's very important because you can be stuck out there and nobody will know so this will help you get emergency assistance faster," says Livera.

When it comes to being snowed in at home, "We encourage Canadians to be self sufficient for 72 hours," advises Livera.

So what does that mean?

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