How To Survive a Sandstorm

Steps to survive a sandstorm

Step 1:

Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a Mask or Cloth: If you have a mask that filters out small particles then put it on immediately. if you don't have a mask cover your nose and mouth with a moist piece of cloth.

Step 2:

Protect your eyes and ears: wrap a piece of cloth tightly around your head to protect your ears. if you have googles put them on if you don't then cover your eyes with your arm.

It helps if you have airtight goggles.

Step 3:

Get to High ground: The densest concentration of sand or dust is on the ground, so the storm will be less forceful on a hill.
  • Do not lie in a ditch, as flash flooding may occur even if no rain is falling where you are. In the actual dust cloud, rain generally dries up before it reaches the ground, but it may be raining nearby, and ditches, arroyos, and other low-lying areas can quickly flood.
  • If you have a camel, have it sit down and press yourself against its leeward side. Camels are well adapted to surviving in dust storms.
  • If you're in sand dunes, do not seek shelter right on the leeward side of the dune. The high winds can pick up huge amounts of sand very quickly, and you could find yourself being buried in sand.
  • Step 4:

    Shield yourself from flying objects: Seek out a large rock or other landform to protect yourself. Cover as much of your body as possible to protect yourself from flying sand. If you find yourself without shelter, try to stay low to the ground and protect your head with your arms, a backpack or a pillow.

    Step 5:

    Wait out the storm. Don't try to move through the storm; it's too dangerous. Stay where you are and wait for it to pass before you attempt to move to a different location


    "How to Survive a Dust Storm or Sandstorm." WikiHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.