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On the road? Here's what you need in your emergency kit

Information as provided on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:

Even with the best maintenance and cautious driving, snow, ice and freezing temperatures can sometimes still get the best of your vehicle. Hazardous winter driving conditions induce many accidents, which is the leading cause of death during winter storms. Being prepared to handle potential slide-offs, accidents, and car trouble in winter is a simple but crucial step to take in preparing for the next few months.

Prepare a winter emergency kit for your vehicle. Supplies should include:

  • At least two blankets or a sleeping bag
  • Flashlight or battery-powered lantern and extra batteries
  • Booster (jumper) cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Extra clothing, particularly boots, hats and mittens
  • A steel shovel and rope to use as a lifeline
  • Bottled water or juice and nonperishable high-energy foods (granola bars, raisins, nuts, peanut butter or cheese crackers)
  • Thermos or container that won’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
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Tire repair kit and pump
  • Candle, matches, heat sticks/packs, lighters, hand-warmers, etc. (Be sure to crack the window if you using a heat source inside the vehicle)
  • Lock your vehicle, even in bad weather. If locks freeze, heat the key. Do not pour hot water on the locks – they will refreeze.

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