Winter Emergency Preparedness List
For those of us that live in the Midwest, like northern Illinois, heavy winter storms are the norm. If you’ve ever been stranded in a storm, then you know exactly how scary it can be, especially if you’re unprepared. That’s why we decided to put together this list of emergency items that you may want to add to your current emergency kit. This is by no means a comprehensive list and we are by no means survival experts, but this list should help you figure out…
What emergency items should I keep in my car over winter?
Snow Chains / Snow Socks
These may take up a lot of space in your trunk, especially if you chose chains over socks, but they are essential. Being able to get yourself unstuck can stop you from being stranded altogether in some situations.
Like snow chains before it, a survival shovel can help you get back on the road. Simply digging to solid ground may be the ticket to keeping you from being stranded. Many also work as makeshift hatchets and saws.
First Aid Kit
If you’re in an accident in the winter, then being able to properly treat or bandage any injuries you get is imperative, especially when that accident takes place far from a hospital.
Staying warm when stranded is perhaps the hardest, yet most important, thing to do in a winter stranding situation. A heavy-duty blanket can help you keep warm in cold temperatures.
Extra Set of Cold Weather Clothing
Extra clothing, particularly cold-weather stuff, can help you stay comfortable in extreme cold, which you may have to face in an emergency situation.
Lighter / All-Weather Matches
Being able to start a fire is a big deal if you’re far away from civilization, especially when it’s cold. A lighter or matches will help you easily get one going.
Flashlight w/ Extra Batteries
A 24-hour winter cycle in the northern states is mostly darkness. Being able to see in that darkness when it comes is a big advantage.
Proper flares—not electric ones—have many advantages. They produce heat, making them ideal for staying visible with lots of snow.
A cell phone might just be the difference between a few minutes being stuck and a few hours or days. Staying at full charge is a definite plus.
Water / Shelf Stable Food
Unless you’re a survivalist, you probably won’t be able to identity sources of wild food that you can eat. Making sure you have food and water to drink is a good idea.