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What you should have in your emergency car kit

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Many motorists were stranded on the highways for hours in the winter storm that hit Alabama this week. There are a few items that emergency management and public health officials recommend you have in your emergency car kit. The recommended items are:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and necessary medications in case you are away from home for a prolonged time
  • Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener
  • Water for each person and pet in your car
  • AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages
  • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper
  • Warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Also consider:

  • A fully-charged cell phone and phone charger
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
It's also important to keep your gas tank full, and if you get stranded, be safe and stay in your car.

For more information, check out the Centers for Disease Control winter checklist.

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