Be Prepared for Winter Weather Travel

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OCCHD advises residents not to take chances on dealing with dangerous winter conditions, especially when traveling this holiday season.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Blaine Bolding advises travelers to check local media reports of weather forecasts before making travel plans and to know what the National Weather Service winter storm and blizzard watches mean.

"If you must travel be sure your cell phone is fully charges, and assemble an emergency supply kit located inside the car." said Bolding. "Let family and friends know your travel route and expected timeline."

Emergency essentials include:

  • Blankets
  • Booster cables
  • First-aid kit
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlight/extra batteries
  • Snacks and water
  • Sand or kitty litter for help with traction

Always keep the vehicle’s fuel tank full to avoid running out of gas if stuck in a traffic jam or in snow. In blizzard conditions, stranded travelers can stay visible by putting a bright cloth on the antenna or raising the hood when snow stops falling.

Residents are encouraged to download the OCCHD Preparedness App for free.

To schedule an interview with one of OCCHD’s subject matter experts regarding Emergency Travel Kits, please contact Ken Johnson, Media Relations Coordinator.