Well I had another post planned for today, but in light of the outrageous-full-monty-hellacious-blizzard that’s happening AS WE SPEAK, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you our Emergency Car Kit. After my traumatizing near death experience of getting stranded in a snow storm, I’ve learned first hand just how important these items are!
What to put in a Winder Emergency Survival Kit:
So super important!
Ok let’s talk about these items:
- Snacky-snacks – you just may need the extra energy to dig yourself out!
- Jumper cables – always a good idea to have with you, even in the summer
- Blanket – it can be old, it can be ugly… all that matters is that it’s WARM!
- Gloves/hat/scarf – no explanation needed!
- Matches – and make sure they’re in a waterproof container!
- Fix-a-Flat – Don’t let a flat tire be the reason you’re stranded!
- Candle – again, it can be old and ugly!
- Reflective strips – to put on your antenna, or yourself if you find yourself walking
- A bottle of water (or several)
- Chain or ropes
- Baggie of kitty litter or sand
- Pocket knife
- First Aid Kit
- Windshield Scraper
It goes without saying that if DOT advises you not to travel… just don’t. But if you’re stubborn like my husband (or myself before I learned my lesson), PLEASE at least be prepared for the worst!
I found this valuable information from our local news station website last night before the storm hit:
–Use your mobile phone to call 911 for emergency assistance. Guide emergency personnel to your location by observing any exit numbers, mileposts, crossroads or landmarks.
–Pull as far off the road as possible to avoid getting hit by other vehicles.
–Turn on your vehicle’s warning/flashing lights.
–Remain calm and be patient. It may take considerable time for someone to reach your vehicle during a storm as emergency personnel typically are assisting multiple persons.
–If you become stranded, run your vehicle about 10 minutes every hour to stay warm.
–Crack a window in the vehicle to avoid carbon monoxide build-up; and clear away any snow from the vehicle’s tailpipe so the exhaust can escape.
–Utilize the resources in your winter survival kit.
Please be safe my fellow-mid-western-people! I hope you all are snuggled up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa, humming Justin Beiber’s ‘Under the Mistletoe’.
Can you think of any important items that we forgot? Do you have a story of winter-time trauma/survival to share? I told you mine, you tell me YOURS! Go…