Winter weather disaster kits should be kept in vehicles in case of emergency, Red Cross warns

As the temperatures stay frigid, the American Red Cross is encouraging drivers to keep disaster supplies in their vehicles as a precaution.

An emergency kit kept in a vehicle should include thermal socks, face masks, extra hats, gloves, flashlights with batteries and emergency flares

Other helpful items include:

  • Blankets
  • A 3-day supply of non-perishable food and water
  • A first aid kit
  • A small shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • A basic tool kit
  • Other emergency signaling materials

Drivers should also keep their gas tanks full in case the vehicle becomes stranded in cold weather.

If a vehicle does become stranded, the Red Cross recommends tying a brightly colored piece of cloth to the antenna and keeping the overhead light on to help rescuers find the vehicle.