Winter Storm Advice from State Farm

What to have in your vehicle

In addition to the just-in-case items you should always have in your vehicle, such as jumper cables, tire-changing tools, flashlight and a first-aid kit, be sure to carry these winter essentials:

·       Cell phone and charger

·       Blankets

·       High-calorie, non-perishable food

·       Extra clothing (wool socks, gloves, hats)

·       Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water

·       Road salt or cat litter to help with traction

·       Camping shovel Ice scraper and brush

·       Tow rope

·       Brightly colored flag or cloth to tie to your antenna

If you are stranded

If a winter storm strands you with your vehicle, stay calm and follow these tips:

·       Pull off the highway (if possible), turn on your hazard lights and hang a distress flag from an antenna or window.

·       If you have a phone, call 911 and describe your location as precisely as possible. Follow any instructions from the dispatcher.

·       Remain in your vehicle so help can find you.

·       Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

·       Exercise a little to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion and sweating.

·       Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.

·       Don’t waste your vehicle’s battery power. Balance electrical energy needs— lights, heat and radio—with supply.

·       At night, turn on an inside light when you run the engine so help can see you.

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