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Okay then! Little frost on the pumpkin here in God’s country this morning. Soon be winter time, I think, and with that I want to say a little bit about. . . .you guessed it. Emergency Preparedness.

I know, I know. I do this every so often, and once should be enough, right? Wrong! Reminders like this can, and I hope do, serve to motivate people who haven’t given enough thought to this. Preparedness is an important part of protecting yourself and your family in an emergency. And if you’re broke down on the road, late at night, in freezing weather, it’s an emergency. Period.

With colder weather in the air, it’s time to take a look at your emergency car bag. You know, that bag in the trunk that you keep on hand in case you break down on the road, in the middle of the night, in freezing weather. That bag. I know you have one. Right?

Anyway, this is the time of year to make changes for cold weather. A couple of blankets, I recommend fleece throws which you can find somewhere like Fred’s for only 5 or 6 bucks, thrown into the car can make a big difference if you’re not able to run the car, and thus the heater. Little goodies like hot hands pocket warmers can help too. A jacket for everyone on the trip, and maybe an extra pair of socks for them too, to help keep the feet warm.

Don’t forget water and snacks. Cold makes us burn calories faster than other weather situations. A bag of beef jerky, some granola bars and peanut butter and crackers, along with a couple liters of water can come in might handy when you’re waiting for AAA. Or whoever you call.

Speaking of that, might want to lay in one of those cheap phone chargers. The ones that run off batteries, or even better, the hand cranked ones. You might never use it but once, but that could be a big once. While you’re at it, make sure you’ve got a good flashlight, and maybe a couple cheap spares. Always check the batteries. You can store them backwards to help keep them fresh, or store them separately, in a plastic bag.

A flashing warning light, like the inexpensive one’s at Lowe’s, can be a big help, as well. If your electrical system is fried, your hazards won’t work. That little blinking light might keep you from being run over by a sleepy semi driver.

If you have a mobile NWS radio, make sure you’ve got batteries for it, too. If you don’t have one, you should. If you’re in inclement weather, it’s nice to be able to keep up with the warnings. You should always have one in the car, anyway. Sever weather outbreaks can happen at anytime. The alert will warn you of it.

Well, these are just a few tips that can help you be more comfortable in a bad situation. Take just a few minutes to review what you have, and make sure it’s ready for cold weather. It might just save your life.

Meanwhile, travel safely!

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