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Winter- Hurricane Warning


By Greg Huggins
Posted Oct 7th 2016 2:28PM

As Hurricane Mathew makes it way to the U.S., you hear a lot of talk about people in affected areas and how they should be prepared. Being prepared with supplies such as water, food and shelter.

It is always a good idea to be prepared. As we approach the end of the year, with cooler weather coming, make sure you have your winter gear with you as you travel.

As a general rule, I carry certain supplies with me at all times.

These include:


Granola or protein bars

Required emergency equipment- Fully charged Fire extinguisher, triangles

Spare bulbs

Spare fuses

Electrical tape

Duct tape

Coolant ( Antifreeze)


Tire gauge

Jumper cables

Windshield wiper fluid


First Aid Kit

This time of year I also make sure to carry a few other items.

These include:

Extra jackets


Winter Gloves

Extra blankets

Lock De-Icer ( WD-40 works well for this too)

Winter windshield wiper fluid (resists freezing)

Depending on the areas you drive in during winter months, you may need to carry tire chains, tire cables or auto socks.

This is just a short list of some of the supplies that I carry to be prepared. Obviously each driver is different and will need to carry more or less.

If you need it, don’t forget to carry any medications with you that you may need and have a plan of where you can get refills if you were to run out before getting back home. Also, don’t forget about your furry friend. If you travel with a pet, they will need extra supplies to take care of them should you have a breakdown or other emergency this winter.

Don’t just prepare when something like a hurricane, flood, wildfire or other natural disaster is coming, always be prepared and then you will not be caught off guard. Life on the road can be challenging, and emergencies will happen from time to time, but you will get through it a little easier if you are prepared for some of the minor ones.

See you down the road,


The threat from extreme weather events highlights the importance of investing in preparedness.

- Sheri Fink


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