September is National Emergency Preparedness month. The Red Cross says Alaskan residents are especially at risk of emergencies, given the isolation we face.
They say we should all be carrying an emergency kit in our vehicles. Michell Daku with the American Red Cross…
Daku: “The following items would absolutely be necessary in everybody’s car: flares, warm sleeping bag, boots (if you don’t wear them every day), mittens, caps, you would like to have some form of food in case you are stuck in your car for more than 24 hours, so something that doesn’t require cooking – beef jerky, granola bars. Definitely water. Water does freeze when it’s cold and left in overnight; however you can use it and melt it down in your mouth like a Popsicle, so it’s absolutely important to stay hydrated if you are stuck overnight in your car.”
Daku also said a working flashlight and spare batteries were a must, as well as chains for your tires. Even if you have a four-wheel drive, Daku said in some areas you still need chains.
For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the Red Cross Website at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/.