Ripped straight from the headlines...

Yesterday, crews had to rescue stranded motorists in Indiana after a winter storm roared through the Mid-west.  Dropping snow and ice in it's path, the storm also collapsed an arena in Minneapolis. 

Today, volunteers and Canadian government agencies rescued, evacuated, or assisted the passengers of over 300 stranded vehicles near the US and Canadian border.  Traffic stopped initially due to heavy snowfall and traffic accidents.  Some of these travelers were stranded for over 24 hours and had to survive with what they had with them in their car.

Winter weather travel tips:
  •  Stay ready for unexpected delays and weather with a plan and a kit in your car every time you travel.
  • Always wear (or take) clothes, shoes, and outerwear that you could walk a mile in.
  • Don't forget gloves, hats, water, and snacks.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times, especially in extreme weather seasons and in remote locations.
Basic recommendations for your car kit:

  • Bottled Water
  • Food, snacks, candy or nutrition bars
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency medications (Consult your doctor or pharmacist for storage.)
  • Emergency blanket
  • Plastic sheeting (Tarps or trash bags can become shelters, repair a broken window, or keep you dry in a pinch.)
  • Tape, rope, or twine
  • Pocket knife
  • Flashlight and extra batteries (Store batteries out of the flashlight.)
  • Candles/matches/lighter
  • Whistle
  • Hooded sweatshirts
  • Blankets and additional clothing
  • Pen/pencil and paper
  • Simple Activities for adults and children to pass the time

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