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Traveling Arkansas Ready For Winter With Car Emergency Kit

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Each year we see frustrated drivers stuck for hours on highways asking for water, snacks or other supplies.

An emergency kit is thought of for the home. One is also needed for your car.

“Winter weather can be unpredictable in Arkansas,” stated Regional Director of Communications, Brigette Williams. “A drive of more than five hours from Fayetteville in the northwest corner to El Dorado in southern Arkansas can potentially take you from winter weather to spring temperatures.”

Travelers can find themselves with needed detours caused by icy roads, floods or a traffic accident during a quick trip across town or the state. “Each year we see frustrated drivers stuck for hours on highways asking for water, snacks or other supplies.”

To be ready for whatever may disrupt your journey, be prepared for delays by building an emergency kit to keep in your car or truck. Also, stay informed on weather conditions from beginning to end of your trip. The Red Cross Emergency App helps with this.

Check with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for road conditions and closings.

The following list will get your started. Make changes to the list to fit with needs of you and family or friends traveling. Take into consideration ages and any special medical needs.

Items to keep on hand in the car include:

• Water: keep a case of bottled water in your trunk

• Food: non-perishable,

• Flashlight

Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

Red Cross Emergency App downloaded and customized on your phone

• Car charger

First aid kit

• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (even for short trips)

• Multi-purpose tool

• Sanitation and personal hygiene items

• Family and emergency contact information

• Extra cash

Emergency blanket

• Paper state map

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

• Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)

• Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

• Games and activities for children

Remember your four legged friends

• Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

• Download Red Cross Pet App to find pet friendly hotels, vets and more