What You Need In Your Winter Emergency Kit


The winter time brings treacherous and unpredictable weather, so it’s important to make sure you’re prepared. Having an emergency kit for both your car and your home is something you might not think about--until you need them--and it’s too late! Be ready for any emergencies that the harsh conditions of the winter can bring, by stashing these items in your emergency kit:

For Your Home:

Should you lose power and have to survive in the cold conditions, these items are helpful to have in your home.

  • Canned goods and bottles of water

  • Extra batteries and flashlights

  • Candles

  • Alternative heat, such as warm blankets and heavy clothing.

  • A shovel

Some Tips:

  • If you hear that inclement weather is on it’s way, be sure to fully charge your cell phone ahead of time, since phone lines will most likely be affected by the storm.

  • Know how to control your home in the event of an emergency. Familiarizing yourself with the location of the water shutoff valve, the gas valve and where the circuit breaker can help neutralize the situation before it gets out of hand.

  • Consider investing in a generator for your home. If you live in an area that is frequently affected by bad weather, a home generator will keep you comfortable and safe during power outages in your area.

For Your Car:

It’s no secret that bad weather can cause your car to break down or create unsafe road conditions that will leave you stranded until help arrives. Keep these items in your trunk to help you stay calm in a storm.

  • A snowbrush and ice scraper

  • A bag of sand/kitty litter to help with traction

  • Extra windshield fluid

  • Warm accessories, such as a blanket, old winter boots and extra clothes

  • A shovel

  • A flashlight and extra batteries

  • Reflective warning triangles

  • Booster cables

  • A spare tire

  • Snacks and bottles of water

  • An old towel

Some Tips:

  • Just like when you’re at home, if you know that harsh weather conditions are on their way, be sure to have your cell phone fully charged before you hit the road.

  • It’s important to keep your car well serviced and topped off with gas whenever you drive in the winter. You never know when frosty conditions will hit and you’ll want to be ready.

A.B. May is wishing you all a safe and comfortable winter season. If you’re experiencing any issues with your heating system, or want to learn more about installing a whole house generator, the professionals at A.B. May can help! To learn more about our HVAC services or to schedule service, give us a call at 913-370-4898.