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Winter Survival Kit: 10 Things to Keep in Your Car

Remember the uncle you had that was always so prepared about everything? He was the guy who kept a perfect log of his vehicle maintenance in the glovebox. He knew who the most trustworthy mechanic in town was. He washed and waxed his own car. And, he had a survival kit in his trunk for winter and summer.

Winter is tough on vehicles and travel. Snow, cold temperatures, ice, slush and salt play havoc on a vehicle and our driving. The odds of us having a driving emergency is much greater in winter than in the other three seasons.

So, it pays to keep a kit in your trunk with all he things your are likely to need. Some auto parts stores and mass merchandisers like Walmart or Target sell these as a bundle in their own carrying case. But if you don’t find one that meets your price, and you want to combine new purchases with stuff you already have to save money, then here is your packing list. By the way, this makes a nice holiday gift for a loved on, but should be mandatory for the kid who is off to college with a car in a snow-belt school.

  • Blanket: If you are stuck with a car that won’t start, or that has conked out, and have to wait in cold weather for help, you will want a decent warm blanket as an extra layer.
  • Snow shovel: Get a short-handled shovel, probably a coal-type shovel, to stow in the trunk in case you need to remove snow from around the wheels of your vehicle. You can buy plastic ones, but you may want to opt for a metal one in case you also need to chip at some ice or compacted snow.
  • Flashlight: Self explanatory. Keep a good-sized, water-proof flashlight with fresh batteries in case your breakdown is at night. Pack emergency candles too, as a back-up.
  • Hand warmers: Available at camping stores. Smash the bag and the chemical reaction inside creates warmth to defrost fingers that may be trying to change a tire or fiddle with an engine.
  • Matches: You never know when you will have to manufacture heat. It’s better than rubbing tow cld, snowy sticks together, hoping for the best.
  • Bottle of water and a few protein, snack bars. You hear of people surviving on ketchup packets that have fallen between the seats, but some planning will yield a better menu under emergency conditions.
  • Syphon Pump: If being out of gas is your problem, and you get offered help by a good samaritan, you want t be able to get a gallon or two of gas out of another gas tank to get you going quickly.
  • Lightsticks: These cost almost nothing at a dollar store and can be used either as a iight source or to wear in case you are shoveling snow around your wheels at night.
  • Flares: These should be in your trunk in all seasons for putting next to your car if you are pulled over in distress.
  • Whistle: It can be used to either signal for help to someone who can’t hear you yell, or to scare someone who may be trying to take advantage of your distress.
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    http://www.weather.com/life/safety/autosafety/article/winter-survival-kit_2011-10-30


    November ARES Meeting – Audio Recording

    PARC had a fantastic turnout to the ARES meeting held November 12. Thanks to everyone who came and for the renewed interest in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. If you were unable to attend the meeting, an audio recording of the meeting is available below.

    Presentation by: Troy Reno, DEC, WTX

    PanhandleARES-2013-11-12


    2013 SKYWARN Recognition Day 12/6/13

    December 7, 2013, from 0000z to 2359z
    (Local Time: 6 pm Friday December 6th to 6 pm Saturday December 7th) 

    SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

    Eddie Wood N5SUJ has again agreed to bring out his tower trailer, and Raymond Winter W5RAW will be setting up his HF radio. We need volunteers to assist in setting up the operating station on Friday at around 4 pm. We also need volunteers who are interested in operating the radio in shifts during the 24 hour period. Please contact the POC for this event, Chris Seright KE5ZRT, to make arrangements. KE5ZRT@Gmail.com

    Click here for operating procedures

    Click here for photos from last year’s event

     


    ARES Meeting 11/12/13 7:30 PM

    Please note the important upcoming ARES meeting and attend if you can!

    There will be a meeting of the Panhandle ARES on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30pm in the Amarillo Emergency Services building at 1900 Line Avenue. Troy Reno, our newly appointed District Emergency Coordinator (DEC), will be here to meet us and review the recent Borger Emergency Preparedness drill. He would like to meet all those who are involved in ARES, Skywarn and/or interested in supporting the hospital amateur radio Stations. Troy has been around the Panhandle meeting the county EC’s and checking out the hospital facilities. We would like to get as many of those interested in ARES and hospital support (RAC) there to meet Troy.

    Hope to see you there.

     

     


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