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Driving In Winter? Do You Have An Emergency Kit?
Jan 08, 2019



How prepared are you for winter driving? The list of suggested items for your car goes far beyond snow tires and might surprise you.

Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the state's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, says getting an emergency kit ready boils down to two keys: customize and prioritize.

"Most of these things people already have in their vehicle or have in their home," he said. "It's just a matter of collecting everything, making the kit that works for you and being prepared."

Extra clothing, snacks, ice grippers and hand warmers are standard.

But did you know there's duct tape made especially for the cold? Consider LED lights and a tire mat, although cat liter can help if you're spinning your wheels. Don't forget a small shovel, a tow rope, bungee cords and matches. Extra gasoline and tools will come in handy at some point.

Zidek says being prepared is about common sense.

"The key with emergency preparedness is thinking about your environment, and thinking about some of the catastrophes that could come your way and just preparing for those," he said.

If you do get stuck and need to be found, emergency officials ask that you stay with your vehicle.

From KTVA