If you still have some people you need to find gifts for on your list, Santa's helpers come in many forms. John Erickson with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security says "giving someone a preparedness kit for their car is a great way to shop for someone first of all that may be a little bit difficult to shop for, and it's a great way to shop for someone first of all that may be a little bit difficult to shop for, and it's a great way to show someone you care about them." Erickson adds that the kit helps to "get them prepared if something would happen so they can be a little bit more comfortable waiting for help to come. What a great way to express you care for someone."
He also says with winter weather being predicted for the Region, everyone should at least have the basics needed to survive, with them. The complete list can be found below.
GIVE THE GIFT OF PREPAREDNESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Items to keep in your vehicle's winter preparedness kit should include:
· At least two blankets or a sleeping bag
· Flashlight or battery-powered/hand crank lantern and extra batteries
· Booster cables
· Emergency flares
· Extra clothing (hats, boots and mittens)
· Steel shovel and rope
· Bottled water or juice and nonperishable high-energy foods (granola bars, raisins, nuts, peanut butter/cheese crackers)
· Thermos or container that won’t allow liquids to freeze
· First-aid kit and necessary medications
· Sand or non-clumping cat litter for tire traction if your vehicle gets stuck in snow or ice
· A cell phone and charger which can be adapted to vehicle use
· Tire repair kit and pump
· Candles, matches, heat sticks/packs, lighters, hand-warmers, etc. (Be sure to crack the window if you are using a heat source inside of the vehicle).
· Lock your vehicle, even in bad weather. If locks freeze, heat the key but do not pour hot water on the locks—they will refreeze.
For more information about safety this holiday season, visit: http://www.in.gov/dhs/getprepared.htm
Leadership for a Safe and Secure Indiana.
(provided by in.gov)
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