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CREATING AN
EMERGENCY TRAVEL SURVIVAL KIT

Winter storms can include snow, ice, dangerously cold temperatures and hazardous driving conditions. Every year, drivers are stranded in severe weather. To protect yourself and your family, organize an emergency survival kit to be carried in your car, especially during the winter months. Your kit should include as many of the following items as possible:

Blanket

Extra clothing

Shovel

Sand

Tire chains

Candy or energy bars

Jumper cables

First aid kit

Flashlight and extra batteries

Portable radio/extra batteries

Matches

Brightly colored cloth
 To be tied to the antenna, a window, or on top of the car to be spotted by police or others.

Long-burning candle and cup
 For melting snow for drinking water. (Eating snow lowers internal body temperature.) Do not sleep while candle is burning. Open window slightly on side away from wind.





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