I travel across the state a lot for work and with the extreme cold weather lately, I would like to make sure I am prepared for emergency situations on the road. Can you give me some tips as to what I need?

— Sam, Twin Falls

Answered by Trish Heath, Emergency Management Coordinator, St. Luke’s Magic Valley:

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency happens, it is important to be prepared at all times.

If you get stranded on the road, keep these emergency supplies in your car. Your kit should include:

• Jumper cables

• Flashlights and extra batteries

• First aid kit and necessary medications in case you are away from home for a prolonged time

• Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener

• Water for each person and pet in your car

• AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages

• Cat litter or sand for better tire traction

• Ice scraper

• Folding shovel

• Warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and extra change of clothes

• Blankets or sleeping bags

Also consider these items:

• A fully charged cellphone and phone charger

• Flares or reflective triangle

• Baby formula and diapers if you have a small child

Be prepared for an emergency by keeping your gas tank full. If you find yourself stranded, be safe and stay in your car. Use your flasher lights, call for help and wait until it arrives.

The best way to prepare for an emergency is to be prepared before it happens.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Do not stop or delay seeking treatment because of something you read in this article. Further, the views or opinions expressed in this article are for informational purposes only and do not necessarily represent those of St. Luke’s. Reliance on any information provided by St. Luke’s, St. Luke’s employees or others supplying information for the column at the invitation of St. Luke’s is solely at your own risk.

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