Traveling During Winter Storms

If you have to travel in inclement weather, we offer the following tips:

  • Use extreme caution when travelling in your vehicle.
  • If you become stuck in your vehicle due to dangerous weather conditions, remain inside and provide a signal to rescuers such as placing a brightly visible cloth in a window where it will be visible.
  • Start the car once an hour and leave it running for 10 minutes. Keep the exhaust pipe clean so that fumes can escape

We recommend having an emergency travel kit prepared for both vehicles and homes.

The vehicle kit should include: 

  • Blanket
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Fully-charged cell phone
  • Extra clothing – includes hats, gloves and boots
  • First aid kit
  • Map or GPS
  • Bottled water
  • Ice scraper and/or snow brush
  • Flares
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • Battery booster cables
  • Bag of sand or salt
  • Shovel
  • Candy or chocolate bar for energy
  • Paper towels
  • Matches

In the event of power outages or becoming snowed in, it’s wise to also have an emergency kit in the home that contains:

  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights/battery powered lantern
  • Fully charged cell phone
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Essential medications
  • Essential items for babies or elderly people with special needs