Printed on May 25, 2015 @ 2:13 AM
Do you or a family member commute to work every day from Wren, Monmouth, Lebanon, Alsea, Eugene, or even further away? Are you or your children avid skiers, snowboarders, or snowmobilers? Are you an emergency responder or critical services worker – expected to be equipped and able to respond to work in a disaster? Are your children away at school with their own car or commuting to Eugene, Salem, Portland, Corvallis for classes?
If so, each of your automobiles needs to be properly equipped for emergencies.
Gift Idea: What better way to say "I care about you!" than to give someone an automobile safety/emergency kit? Every car should be equipped with an emergency kit and some basic supplies you can rely upon in the event of a mechanical failure, weather emergency, or even operator error (empty gas tank). And, if you're a hiker, snowmobiler, cross-country skier, horseback rider, etc., it's not a bad idea to also carry an empty backpack along with your auto emergency kit. Before you set out, transfer appropriate supplies from your auto emergency kit into your backpack, then return them to the main kit when you come back to the car. This is particularly true during inclement weather when cold, wet and poor visibility conditions can make an inconvenience a serious situation.
Following are some recommended items to include:
Other good suggestions include: kitty litter for ballast and traction should your vehicle get stuck, spare fuses, extra batteries for the cell phone, books/travel games (for passing the time as you wait in traffic or for help to arrive, and any job-specific supplies that you might need if you had to report to work in an emergency.
You may need to adjust your vehicle headlights if you are significantly changing the load distribution. Improperly adjusted headlights are a serious safety hazard for other drivers, particularly in inclement weather.
Before you travel: make sure your Automobile Emergency Kit is stocked and complete, let someone know where you're headed and what route you'll take, and check road and weather conditions before you leave.
For more information, contact Benton County Emergency Management, 541-766-6864 or stop by our office at 553 NW Monroe, Corvallis, across from Central Park and the Corvallis/Benton County Public Library.
Here are some weather information resources listed by area.
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