Thanksgiving week ahead is one typically filled with travel, a busy schedule
and potentially bad weather.
“Don’t let this hectic time of year sidetrack you from
safety on the road,” said FEMA Region V Administrator Andrew Velasquez III.
“Take some time now to talk to your family about how to handle a travel
emergency, and stockpile necessary supplies in your car in case you become
Remember to take these simple steps to help ensure safe
travel for you and your family:
1.Know the risks
before leaving home.Listen to the
radio or television for the latest weather forecasts and road conditions. If
bad weather is forecast, drive only if absolutely necessary.
2.Keep your gas
tank above half-full.When
temperatures are extremely cold, condensation can build up in a near-empty gas
tank, potentially freezing fuel lines and leaving you stranded.
3.Check or have a mechanic check the
following items on your vehicle:
levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
- check for wear and fluid levels.
system - repair as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives
no warning.Fuel and air filters - replace as
and ignition system - make sure they’re clean and functioning properly. Heater and defroster - ensure they work
•Lights and flashing hazard lights -
check for serviceability.
- ensure it works properly.
wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid
good winter tires - make sure the tires have adequate tread.
4.Have an emergency supply kit for your car
in case it’s needed. Include the following items:
cables - consider including flares or reflective triangles
- with extra batteries
kit - remember any necessary medications, baby food or diapers
•Food -non-perishable food such as canned food, and
protein rich foods like nuts and energy barsManual
- at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days
toolkit - pliers, wrench, screwdriver
- battery or hand cranked
or sand - for better tire traction
- warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of
clothes for the coldBlankets or sleeping bags
•Charged cell phone -and car charger
supplies - food and water
You can always find valuable information to help you prepare
for winter at www.ready.gov/winter-weather, and click hereto
watch our video on preparing your car for weather emergencies. Bookmark FEMA’s
mobile site http://m.fema.gov, or downloadthe
FEMA app today to have vital information just one click away.
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