Firefighters urge drivers to keep emergency kits in cars during inclement weather

Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department said to keep items such as a coat, snow shovel, traffic cones and more in case of an emergency

By FireRescue1 Staff

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. — A fire department is urging community members to keep a vehicle emergency kit to better prepared for situations.

Up North Live reported that the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department said that when emergencies occur on winter roads, people are often underprepared for the conditions.

“The biggest problem that we have with these winter emergency situations is that people are under-prepared,” Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department Lt. Kyle Clute said. “A lot of the times people are just going to the grocery store, or making a really quick trip and they just have the tennis shoes and a hoodie sweatshirt. They're not really ready to stand out in the cold. We try to make accommodations as best as we can when we get to an emergency scene. We try to get people out of the cold, but hypothermia becomes an issue that we have to deal with.”

The fire department said a vehicle emergency kit should include:

  • A winter coat
  • Gloves
  • A hat
  • Hand warmers
  • A snow brush
  • Snow shovel
  • Traffic cones
  • A flashlight
  • A blanket
  • Flares
  • Water
  • A Fire extinguisher
  • A portable phone charger
  • Windshield wiper fluid


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