Vehicle emergency supply kit checklist

Posted at 3:20 AM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 07:00:13-04

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a car emergency supply kit checklist ahead of the winter storm.

The DHMH Office of Preparedness and Response suggests including:

  • Jumper cables
  • Blankets/Sleeping bags
  • Books, hat and gloves
  • Phone and car charger
  • Chains or traction tires
  • First aid kit
  • Flares
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Food and water
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Kitty litter for tire traction
  • Matches or lighter
  • Maps
  • Snow shovel
  • Tools
  • Windshield washer fluid

The department also warns that if someone is stuck in a traffic jam of their car becomes disabled to stay with the vehicle. Run the engine and heater for short intervals. Crack a window in the vehicle to avoid carbon monoxide build-up. Listen to the radio for updated traffic and emergency information. Finally, drink fluids to avoid dehydration.

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