In that survey, he added, “87 percent of respondents said they’ve never experienced a severe disaster in their area and don’t have the knowledge of what to expect. A lack of personal experience leaves these individuals with a limited knowledge base of what to prepare for. We see many people who aren’t as prepared as they could be, but resources are out there to help them get prepared. Use them.”
The director cited getprepared.in.gov as an important resource to which Hoosiers can turn for information on helping get prepared for winter-weather emergencies.
He was also glad to offer tips for this article about assembling a winter emergency preparedness kit for both home and vehicle.
For starters, he said, drivers should try to keep as close to a full tank of gas in their cars as possible during winter weather.
“You never know when you’re going to go out for a short trip and end up stranded for hours,” he said. “Make sure to keep your cellphone fully charged, too.”
Duckworth further recommended that drivers store blankets and an extra coat in their vehicle during winter weather, as well as food and a quantity of water.
“And don’t leave your coat at home thinking it’s only going to be a short trip,” he added. “That short trip can quickly turn into a very long trip, and that’s usually when we find people in desperate situations.”
He continued, “Out in distant areas of the county or on the interstate, it can take time for us to get to people,” meaning drivers should be prepared for an emergency that might see them stranded in their cars for significant periods of time awaiting emergency services.
In regards to what type food drivers should store, Duckworth recommended granola bars or similar foodstuffs that store easily and can be readily accessible in an emergency. Individuals who take regular medications should also store a quantity of the prescription(s) in their cars, the director recommended.