With winter right around the corner, it’s important to take time and plan for the inclement weather by placing some emergency kits in your home and car. So often we hear about someone or experience firsthand times when we find ourselves on the side of the road, in the middle of the freezing cold in need or waiting for a tow truck.
Likewise, in the home there are times when we aren’t able or allowed to be out driving on the road, or power is out or a furnace stopped heating your home. If you plan accordingly now, you can save your future self a lot of headaches when those times arise.
Have a few emergency kits put together for both all your vehicles and inside the home. The kits don’t cost much to put together and you will agree it is money well spent if the time comes you need to use one. They should include:
Home Emergency Winter Kit
- Food & Water: Dried fruits, canned vegetables, breads, cereals, and other dried foods. Anything which is non-perishable, or requires no cooking and a case of bottled water. Also keep 4-5 gallons of tap water in case pipes freeze or burst.
- Medicines & First Aid: Any medication you or your family require, and a first aid kit in case of injuries.
- Heating: If a portable electric heater, maintain fire safety and keep away from areas which would cause a fire and has a auto shutoff. If you have a fireplace, keep dry firewood handy. If you portable heater which requires fuel, keep extra fuel in a dry safe place. Keep a box of matches in your kit as well.
- Other Essentials: Blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, clock & radio (battery powered), manual can opener, and an appropriate fire extinguisher in case of fire.
Auto Emergency Winter Kit
- Food & Water: Protein bars, nuts, dried fruits, and crackers. Keep several bottles of water as well.
- Highway Safety: Keep flares, hazard triangles, warning lights, chem-lights (glow sticks), and road markers in case you break down to let other drives know you are there. Jumper cables, portable battery charger, portable tire repair kit, tire gauge, jack & lug wrench, extra fuses, and a dry-chemical fire extinguisher. Also keep either road salt, sand, or kitty along with a small snow shovel in case you get stuck.
- Extra Clothing: From extra scarves, hats, and gloves, to blankets and maybe even a sleeping bag. Keep extra clothing in case you break down, and need to wait in cold temperatures.
- Other Essentials: Waterproof flashlight, extra batteries, hand warmers, matches, first aid kit, pencil & paper, up to $20 in small bills & change, basic tool kit, and a windshield scrapper.