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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Taunton MA
917 AM EDT Wed Nov 1 2017

...Winter Weather Preparedness Week - Vehicle Preparations...

The National Weather Service has declared the week of October 30
to November 3 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week. The following
is part 3 of a 5-part series of informational statements.

Part 3 - Preparing your vehicle for the storm.

Ideally, you should plan your travel and check the latest
weather reports in order to avoid the storm altogether. Since
this is not always possible, here are some suggestions for
safety preparations in motor vehicles.

First of all, you should check and fully winterize your vehicle
before the winter season begins, including anti-freeze levels
and tire tread.

You should carry a winter storm survival kit in your car. This
kit should include:

1. Mobile phone with charger and batteries.
2. Blankets and sleeping bags.
3. Flashlight with extra batteries.
4. First-aid kit.
5. Knife
6. High-calorie, non-perishable food.
7. Extra clothing to keep dry.
8. Large empty can to use as emergency toilet. Tissues and paper
   towels for sanitary purposes.
9. Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking
10. Sack of sand or cat litter for traction.
11. Shovel.
12. Windshield scraper and brush.
13. Tool kit.
14. Tow rope.
15. Battery jumper cables.
16. Water container.
17. Compass and road maps.

In addition, keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the
tank and fuel lines. Avoid traveling alone. Let someone know
your timetable and primary and alternate routes.

If you become caught in a fierce winter storm, it is important
to stay in your vehicle. You will become quickly disoriented in
wind-driven snow and cold. Run the motor for about 10 minutes
each hour for heat, but make sure that the exhaust pipe is not
blocked with snow or ice. Open the window a little for fresh air
to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Exercise from time to time, moving arms, legs, fingers, and
toes vigorously to keep blood circulating and to keep warm. Avoid
overexertion such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car, or
walking in deep snow. The strain from the combination of cold and
hard labor may cause a heart attack.

Be visible to rescuers. Turn on the dome light of your car at
night when running the engine. Tie a colored cloth, preferably
red, to your antenna or door. After snow stops falling, raise
the hood to indicate that you need help.


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