Everyone should carry a Winter Emergency Kit in their car. When the roads are bad, minimize travel. However, if travel is necessary, then keep a winter emergency kit in your car.

Checklist of items to have:      

      -Foldable Shovel

      -Windshield scraper

      -Battery-powered radio with extra batteries

      -Flashlight with extra batteries

      -Water- Replace every 6 months and keep ¾ full to allow for freeze expansion

      -Snack food


      -Extra hats, coats, and mittens


      -Chains or rope

      -Tire chains

      -Road salt, sand, cat litter to help tires get traction

      -Jumper cables


      -Emergency flares

      -Bright colored flag or help signs

      -First aid kit with pocket knife

      -Road maps


      -Waterproof matches


      -Hazard or other reflectors

      -Emergency flares

      -Emergency distress flag

      -Necessary medications

      -Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

Helpful tips:

-Store items in the passenger compartment in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.

-If possible, call 911 on your cell phone. Provide your location, condition of everyone in the vehicle and the problem you’re experiencing

-Prepare your vehicle: Make sure you keep your gas tank at least half full.

-Be easy to find: Tell someone where you are going and the route you will take, even if it is a short trip

-Stay in your vehicle: Walking in a storm can be very dangerous. You might become lost or exhausted. Your vehicle is a good shelter.

-Avoid Overexertion: Shoveling snow or pushing your car takes a lot of effort in storm conditions. Don’t risk a heart attack or injury. That work can also make you hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation value, making you susceptible to hypothermia.

-Fresh Air: It’s better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy. Snow can plug your vehicle’s exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car. Only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. Keeping a window open a crack while running the engine is also a good idea.

-Don’t expect to be comfortable: You want to survive until you’re found.

-When driving slow down, give plenty of room between you are care in front of you, use caution and leave early so you are not rushed. Applies whether you have 4 wheel drive or not.

-If stuck: Tie a fluorescent flag (from your kit) on your antenna or hang it out the window.

-To reduce battery drain, use emergency flashers only if you hear approaching vehicles.

-If you’re with someone else, make sure at least one person is awake and keeping watch for help at all times.

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