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Surviving an 8-Hour Commute

Remember the ice storm of 2005 when commutes that typically took less than 30 minutes sometimes lasted more than eight hours.  Although we still do not know how this current weather system will impact us, it is always a good idea to learn a lesson from history and be prepared for inclement weather.  Here’s a good checklist for a car disaster kit. 

  • Booster cables, consider battery jump start kit
  • De-icer
  • Emergency and Assistance Banners
  • First aid kit, including gloves for personal protective equipment. If you know CPR,
  • consider a mask to mouth mask.
  • Flares, Flashing Reflectors and/or GloSticks
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Shovel
  • Pocket knife
  • Tool Kit (pliers, wrench, screwdriver)
  • Small sack of sand for generating traction under (alternative: a bag of kitty litter)
  • Windshield ice scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal
  • Tire air pump and/or can of Tire-Flat
  • Blanket
  • Work Gloves
  • Consider “pocket warmers” (packet is chemically activated to produce warmth)
  • Extra-warm clothing, including wool cap, scarf, socks and mittens
  • Rain gear
  • Waterproof shoes or boots
  • Baby wipes
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Nonperishable snacks (include high energy “munchies”)
  • Canned fruit and nuts
  • Manual can opener

And, here’s a link to a previous blog listing supplies you need for your home disaster kit.