As we are getting ready in St. Louis for Old Man Winter, I was intrigued to see the new Readiness Challenge—an online emergency simulation that forces users to make quick decisions at every turn—developed by New York’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The Readiness Challenge also guides users to the My Meeting Place Facebook application and other OEM resources to help users get started on their emergency plans. What a cool tool and app! NYC also publishes the order in which the city will plow the streets here to help New Yorker’s prepare for potential snowfall. Now THAT is beneficial! If I knew what order our streets would be plowed in, I would be able to plan our day accordingly to maximize our safety!
As I went through the Readiness Challenge, I thought I would double check our Emergency Go Bag to make sure it has all of the essentials. Glad I did, because I realized that it doesn’t have the small broom or matches in it. Adding those to my shopping list. You may recall that in my Winter Storm Preparedness post I mentioned that we are in the midst of making our Emergency Preparedness Plans. It wouldn’t be good to be stuck out in inclement weather without matches, right?
The NYC OEM wants to help you get ready for Winter, too, with an Emergency Go Bag of your own.
While the NYC OEM is sponsoring this giveaway, they (and I) know that it pays to be ready wherever you live! They (and I) want to encourage you to establish an emergency preparedness plan, obtain an emergency preparedness kit, and stay informed about potential inclement conditions in your area.
So, do you have an Emergency Go Bag? Need ideas on what to put in one?
A winter emergency go bag should include the following items (IMHO):
- a first aid kit
- windshield wipers
- small broom (like a hand broom)
- spare radio
- jumper cables
- nonperishable food, such as granola bars
- hats, gloves, and extra socks (to fit those most likely to be in your vehicle if stranded)
- a fluorescent distress flag
- hand and foot warmers
- facial tissue
Also consider keeping a small shovel and container of sand or rock salt. I typically keep a container of biodegradable kitty litter in the van during the winter, because it gives enough traction in slick spots (for the tires) without causing damage to pavement or driveway.
***I received a complimentary sample Emergency Go Bag to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.***