Survive Winter Weather Travel with 7 Essentials


When it comes to travel this holiday season don’t take chances on beating potentially dangerous winter weather conditions. At the OKC-County Health Department (OCCHD), we recommend developing a winter weather preparedness plan, which ensures your family’s safety during a major event.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Blaine Bolding, reminds 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 and warnings mean.

“Minimizing travel across Oklahoma County or the state is a sound decision when winter weather hits,” said Bolding. “If you must travel be sure your cell phone is fully charged, and assemble and keep an emergency supply kit inside the car.” Bolding adds one sound piece of the plan is to let friends or relatives know about your travel route and timeline.

Emergency essentials include:

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

Officials also advise keeping 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.

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