Winter Storm Survival Kit for Travelers
Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. People planning travel this winter season need to be prepared for the elements. Plan your trip and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm. • Winterize your vehicle before the winter season • Keep your gas tank near full • Avoid traveling alone • Let someone know your route and timetable
Carry a WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT with the following items: Here is what you need: Small shovel Windshield scraper and small broom Flashlight with extra batteries Battery powered radio Water & snack food including energy bars- raisins and mini candy bars Matches and small candles Extra hats, socks and mittens & emergency blankets First aid kit with pocket knife - necessary medications Emergency blankets or sleeping bag Tow chain or rope Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction Booster cables Emergency flares and reflectors Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
Tea Light Candles and Emergency Matches Hand Warmers / Heat Therapy Patches are great ways to help keep you warm for a short period. If you travel with small children make sure you have drinks & snacks for them as well as toys to entertain them as well.
I highly recommend a Jump Box that also has a I Air Compressor, A/C Inverter, Cigarette Power Adapters and Jumper Cables. This is an All In One Box that takes up little space. Kit tips:Store items in the passenger compartment in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold. 911 tips:If possible, call 911 on your cell phone. Provide your location, condition of everyone in the vehicle and the problem you're experiencing.Follow instructions: you may be told to stay where you are until help arrives.Do not hang up until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next.If you must leave the vehicle, write down your name, address, phone number and destination. Place the piece of paper inside the front windshield for someone to see. Survival tips: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.If stuck: Tie a florescent flag (from your kit) on your antenna or hang it out the window. At night, keep your dome light on. Rescue crews can see a small glow at a distance. 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.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.