OSEA Safety News

What's in my Winter Emergency Kit?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

The 2018-2019 Buffalo winter has been fairly mild so far. Although snow hasn’t hit us very hard yet, you still need to be prepared for the worse (should it spring on you like has happened so many times before). That is why I always carry an emergency kit in my vehicle in case I get stuck or need to make a repair on my vehicle. I have two separate bags for my emergency kit; one is items for my vehicle which I store next to my spare tire and the other is what I need to stay warm and as comfortable as possible in the cold weather.

Here are my must haves for your emergency kit*:

  1. Jumper cables
  2. Tow strap
  3. Flares
  4. Work gloves
  5. Emergency blanket
  6. Flashlight and extra batteries– I have two head lamps, so I can have a hands-free light
  7. First Aid kit (this is always kept in my vehicle under one of the seats)
  8. Snow-pants
  9. Dry gloves/mittens – never want your hands to get cold
  10. Heavy pair of socks
  11. Non-perishable food such as granola bars
  12. Hand and foot warmers
  13. Mini shovel

Hopefully you will never need to use these items in an emergency, but it is always best to be prepared for the worst.

*This does not encompass all of the items you can have in your emergency kit.

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