Include a winter emergency kit when packing for winter travels

Agricultural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery, Family Caregiving December 19, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

Stranded on road in winter.

If stuck in your car during a winter storm, a disaster supplies kit might save your life.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends items for a winter travel kit, including:

  • Blanket/sleeping bag
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Battery-powered or crank radio
  • Flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Water
  • Nonperishable snack food (candy bars, raisins, dried fruit, granola bars)
  • Extra warm clothes, such as insulated coveralls, jacket, hat, gloves, socks, and boots
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Tire chains
  • Road salt, sand or non-skid mats (for traction, if stuck)
  • Fluorescent distress flag (a bright bandanna tied to an antenna will work)
  • Jumper/booster cables
  • Road maps
  • Emergency flares or reflectors
  • Fully charged cell phone
  • First aid kit
  • Two or more day supply of medications
  • Candle, coffee can, and matches (stored in waterproof container)
  • Book or other activities to pass the time

Do you have a smart phone or other mobile device? View this webinar to learn about disaster communication tool options.

Regardless of the region you live or travel in during winter months, it's a good idea to be prepared for unexpected events.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.