Emergency road kit
The American Automobile Association (AAA) suggests keeping the following items for an emergency road kit this winter:
Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
Flashlight with extra batteries
Window washer solvent
Ice scraper with brush
Cloth or roll of paper towels
Extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)
Warning devices (flares or triangles)
Non-perishable snacks for human and pet passengers
Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)
Mobile phone and car charger pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers, including family and emergency services
Tips for surviving the cold season
Here are some common-sense tips to remember going into the cold-weather season:
When using alternative heat from a fireplace, wood stove or space heater, use fire safeguards and properly ventilate.
If you don't have heat, close off unneeded rooms. Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors, and cover windows at night.
Eat and drink. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat. Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration.
Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill.
Stock up on the following in advance of a storm:
Flashlight and extra batteries.
Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information. These may be your only links to the outside.
Extra food and water. High-energy food, such as dried fruit or candy, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best.
Extra medicine and baby items.
Heating fuel. Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a severe winter storm.
Fire extinguisher and smoke detector. Be sure to test units regularly to ensure they are working properly.
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Source: National Weather Service