As an Eagle Scout, my boyfriend is always harping on the importance of being prepared. He's prepared to the degree that we have an oil lamp just in case we lose power. I like to tease him but there have been several times where his planning has come in handy. The winter is one time that it is especially important for everyone to keep an emergency kit on hand or in their cars. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you keep a kit in your car including:
- Warm blankets.
- Non-perishable food and water.
- Cat litter or sand for traction on ice.
- A tire pump, flares and a set of jumper cables.
- Maps and a compass.
- A battery-powered radio and flashlight, along with extra batteries.
- A first-aid kit.