Winterized GHB and Vehicle Emergency Kit

winter_car_kitIt seems that winter is full on around here so I hope all of you have adjusted your Get Home Bags (GHB) and your Vehicle Emergency Kits accordingly.

Here are my winter additions and tune-up check lists.

Winter Additions

  • Collapsible shovel
  • Thermal underwear / long johns
  • Winter coveralls
  • Winter gloves, hat, and socks
  • hand warmers
  • Can of Heet (yellow bottles can be used as alcohol stove fuel)
  • Jug of antifreeze/coolant

Kit Tune-up Checklist

  • Check dates on everything
  • Check batteries
  • Make sure anything with liquids (water, can foods, etc.) will not burst if frozen

Survival tips from Ready Wisconsin:

  • Prepare your vehicle: Make sure you keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Be easy to find: Tell someone where you are going and the route you will take.
  • If stuck: Tie a florescent flag (from your kit) on your antenna or hang it out the window. At night, keep your dome light on. Rescue crews can see a small glow at a distance. To reduce battery drain, use emergency flashers only if you hear approaching vehicles. If you’re with someone else, make sure at least one person is awake and keeping watch for help at all times.
  • Stay in your vehicle: Walking in a storm can be very dangerous. You might become lost or exhausted. Your vehicle is a good shelter.
  • Avoid Overexertion: Shoveling snow or pushing your car takes a lot of effort in storm conditions. Don’t risk a heart attack or injury. That work can also make you hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation value, making you susceptible to hypothermia.
  • Fresh Air: It’s better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy. Snow can plug your vehicle’s exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car. Only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. Keeping a window open a crack while running the engine is also a good idea.
  • Don’t expect to be comfortable: You want to survive until you’re found.

 

Things I don’t have I am planning on getting

  • Road Flares

 

More info from Ready.gov

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