Â 12/19/12 The holiday season means extra travel time for many Hoosiers, and with past Indiana winter weather conditions itâ€™s important to keep safety in mind on and off the road. A great holiday gift idea might be a winter preparedness kit for the car, or an all-hazards radio, especially for those who are hard to buy for.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages keeping a preparedness kit in the vehicle and obtaining an all-hazards radio for weather safety updates.
â€śWhat better way to show loved ones you care than to give them the gift of safety this holiday,â€ť said IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. â€śIn the event of a winter storm, itâ€™s imperative to have the necessary supplies to keep warm and safe for an extended time. Keeping a winter preparedness kit in your vehicle and having an all-hazards radio at home could help save lives.â€ť
Hazardous winter driving conditions induce many accidents. Being prepared to handle anything that winter storms may bring is a crucial step to take in preparation for the next few months.
Items to keep in your vehicle’s winter preparedness kit should include:
- At least two blankets or a sleeping bag
- Flashlight or battery-powered/hand crank lantern and extra batteries
- Booster cables
- Emergency flares
- Extra clothing (hats, boots and mittens)
- Steel shovel and rope
- Bottled water or juice and nonperishable high-energy foods (granola bars, raisins, nuts,Â peanut butter/cheese crackers)
- Thermos or container that wonâ€™t allow liquids to freeze
- First-aid kit and necessary medications
- Sand or non-clumping cat litter for tire traction if your vehicle gets stuck in snow or ice
- A cell phone and charger which can be adapted to vehicle use
- Tire repair kit and pump
- Candles, matches, heat sticks/packs, lighters, hand-warmers, etc. (Be sure to crack the window if you are using a heat source inside of the vehicle).
- Lock your vehicle, even in bad weather. If locks freeze, heat the key but do not pour hot water on the locksâ€”they will refreeze.
For more information about safety this holiday season, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.
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