Survival kit for traveling in extreme weather

Published 01/06 2014 10:38PM

Updated 01/06 2014 10:43PM

Champaign -- We talked with other emergency crews and they tell us hundreds of cars have been stranded on the road
State patrol is still telling people to stay off the roads but if you must drive it's important to be prepared.

A survival kit could keep you alive if you're ever stranded in these extreme conditions.
They are encouraging motorists to keep warm blankets, extra food, non-perishable items, water, hand warmers, and sleeping bags.

"People never anticipate being in a crash. It's best too be prepared. Put that inside your vehicle at the beginning of winter. If it's an extra pair of overalls or an extra blanket, throw it in the car so you're prepared, no matter where you are traveling. Whether it's a long distance or across town," says tracy lillard.

Always keep your car full of gas. Kitty litter or bags of sand and a snow shovel could help get your car out of the snow.
Keep matches or a lighter for heat and light, also a first aid kit comes in handy.

Placing a bright colored cloth: Preferably yellow or red on your atenna tells officers you are in need of assistance. Aside from that -- stay inside your vehicle at all times with your seatbelt fastened.

Officer lillard tells me being prepared helped a stranded family today

Lillard told me the two most essential items to have: Thick blankets and jumper cable. Also when traveling keep your cell phone charged, but also have an old cell with you. It will still dial 9-1-1.

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