During the winter months, there are many emergencies that may happen to you and your family. It is important to always be prepared in advance of these emergencies. Winter emergencies carry with them their own set of needs to be prepared for. One of the places that it is important to be prepared for your winter emergencies is in the car. You never know when you may become stranded in your car during the winter. It is best to have a winter safety kit in your car at all times.

Create a Winter Survival Kit

  • Medium size plastic storage container.
    • This is a good container to use because they stay sealed and are easily stored in the trunk of your car.
       
  • Blankets
    • You never know when you may be stuck in the car without heat. You will need to be able to keep warm until help can get to you. The blankets can also be used to keep you warm if you need to leave your car during the winter months to get help. There are many uses for warm blankets in a winter safety kit.
       
  • Extra change of clothing to keep dry.
     
  • Extra gloves and hats for family members and yourself.
     
  • A flashlight (or two) with spare batteries and an emergency flasher.
    • This will help people to see you and your car during the winter emergencies that may arise.
       
  • A can and waterproof matches (used to melt snow for drinking water).
     
  • A compass, maps,  shovel and sand, tow rope, and jumper cables.
     
  • A bright piece of cloth to tie on your antenna if you become stranded. 
     
  • Non-perishable foods such as candy bars, canned goods (and can opener), or high calorie food like Power Bars.
     
  • Water
    • Place bottles of water wrapped up in the blankets in your winter safety kit. They will still possibly freeze but you will at least have some options as far as drinks when you are stuck.
       
  • First Aid kit
     
  • Ice scraper to keep windows clear
     
  • Hand Warmers
    • Can be used in gloves, boots, or on body to provide that extra bit of warmth
       
  • Fire Extinguisher
     
  • A large empty can and plastic cover with tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
     
 
Revised 07/28/10