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November 27, 2013

Indiana drivers aren't ready for winter emergencies

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is recommending drivers make sure they are ready for winter emergencies while traveling.

The department says a surveyed it conducted of Indiana residents showed about three-fourths said they did not have preparedness kits in their vehicles. Homeland Security spokesman John Erickson says drivers should have extra clothing, including boots, hats and gloves, at least two blankets or a sleeping bag, and flashlight and batteries in case of car trouble or slide-offs.

He also recommends the kit include jumper cables, emergency flares, a shovel, bottled water and non-perishable foods, as well as first-aid kit and necessary medications.

Other recommended items include sand or non-clumping kitty litter for tire traction, cell phone and charger and ice scraper and snow brush.

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