Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Here is what you need: • a shovel • windshield scraper and small broom • flashlight with extra batteries • battery powered radio • water • snack food including energy bars • raisins and mini candy bars • matches and small candles • extra hats, socks and mittens • First aid kit with pocket knife • Necessary medications • blankets or sleeping bag • tow chain or rope • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction • booster cables • emergency flares and reflectors • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter Kit tips: • Reverse batteries in flashlight to avoid accidental switching and burnout. • Store items in the passenger compartment in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut. • Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold. 911 tips: • If possible, call 911 on your cell phone. Provide your location, condition of everyone in the vehicle and the problem you’re experiencing. • Follow instructions: you may be told to stay where you are until help arrives. • Do not hang up until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next. • If you must leave the vehicle, write down your name, address, phone number and destination. Place the piece of paper inside the front windshield for someone to see.