Illinois reminds drivers to be prepared for winter months

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is reminding drivers what supplies are needed to stay safe in the coming winter months.

Drivers should pack an emergency supply kit in their vehicles in the event of an emergency. Supply kits should include:

• Blankets or sleeping bags
• A flashlight with extra batteries
• A First aid kit
• Non-perishable snack food
• Water
• Sand or cat litter
• A shovel
• Booster cables
• A cell phone charger

“Winter storms also can cause power outages that can last several hours or several days. It’s important to have an emergency supply kit at home that includes a battery-powered National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio, water and non-perishable food, flashlights, extra batteries, a first aid kit and supplies for pets and family members with special medical needs,” a news release from IEMA reads.

More tips for preparing for various emergency events can be found here.