Preparing for Winter Weather: Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Car

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — We can all take a lesson from the winter weather that’s affecting our neighbors.  It doesn’t happen often, but when this kind of weather does strike, it’s important to be prepared. As we’ve all seen this week, you never know when you might get stranded because of impassable roads.

Paige Colburn with the Huntsville-Madison County EMA  recommends keeping a go-kit in your car at all times. “It has some things to keep you comfortable, to keep you prepared, to bring that stress level down after disaster happens,” said Colburn.

“Start small, start with what you’ve already got, start with what you can put in there, it doesn’t have to be doomsday prepper quality, you don’t have to have something for every situation.”

She said whatever you keep in your go-kit, doesn’t have to be a four course meal. It just needs to be something non-perishable that will hold you over. “Eating is very emotionally satisfying when you’re in a very stressful situation like that, and make sure you have some water so you don’t get dehydrated.”

You never know when you will get stuck. It’s important to keep a kit in the back of your car. “Keep it in a Tupperware or a backpack, something to keep in your trunk all the time, like you do jumper cables.”

Colburn recommends keeping granola bars, bottled water, extra blankets, extra socks, and a flashlight in your kit. It may also be helpful to have a whistle on hand in case you need to get passerby’s attention.

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