Red Cross Recommends Preparing Your Vehicles for Winter Weather

Red Cross Recommends You Prepare Vehicle Now for Winter Weather
Of course, the Red Cross recommends staying off the roads during hazardous winter weather.

With icy road conditions and more snow forecasted over the next 24 hours, the American Red Cross Northeast PA Region recommends making safety apriority if you need to travel on the road. Having an automobile preparedness kit in your vehicle at all times will not only come in handy but will also keep you safe in case you experience trouble on the roads. Peter M. Brown, Executive CEO said, “The best way to stay safe on the road is to be prepared in advance. Having an automobile preparedness kit and keeping it up-to-date is vital to traveling safely from one destination to the next. Of course, the Red Cross recommends staying off the roads during hazardous winter weather.”

What’s in a Vehicle Winter Preparedness Kit:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cell Phone Car Charger
  • Blanket and/or emergency Mylar blanket
  • Fleece Hat, Gloves, Scarf
  • Flares
  • Folding Shovel
  • Sand or Cat Litter
  • Ice Scraper and Snow Brush
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Small battery-operated radio
  • Emergency contact card with names and phone numbers
  • Extra prescription medications
  • Bottled Water
  • High protein snacks
  • Maps
  • Whistle
  • Two already-made kits available for purchase on

  • An automobile first-aid zip kit.This kit contains an assortment of bandages, gauze, antiseptic, insect relief pads, sunscreen and sanitizer. Cost is $10.00.
  • Personal Safety Emergency Pack. This kit contains emergency blanket, drinking water, emergency poncho, light stick, whistle, mini first-aid kit and mask. Cost is $11.00
  • Both kits are affordably priced and can be easily kept in a vehicle’s glove box.

    If driving is unavoidable, safety should be your number one priority. Make sure your vehicle has plenty of gas and pay attention to the weather forecast for your travel route and destination. Buckle up, be alert and drive slowly with caution. In the event that your vehicle becomes disabled, keep the car running, make sure the exhaust pipe is clear and leave the window open a crack until help arrives. Additionally, know the differences between winter storm outlooks, advisories, watches and warnings.

  • Winter storm outlook - Winter storm conditions that are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
  • Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life-threatening.
  • Winter Storm Watch – Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
  • Winter Storm Warning – Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours.
  • People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.