The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging residents to prepare for the holiday travel season by placing emergency preparedness kits in their vehicles.

In a news release, Capt. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, says "road conditions can quickly change for the worse during winter months. A vehicle emergency preparedness kit adds a sense of safety and security when traveling to destinations this holiday season. If an incident does happen, you'll be prepared and ready."

Some of the essential items to include in an vehicle emergency preparedness kit include:

  • Hand crank radio and flashlight
  • Cell phone charger
  • Windshield scraper
  • Blanket and extra clothes
  • Tire repair kit and pump
  • Jumper cable
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction

In addition to having a vehicle emergency preparedness kit, the MSP/EMHSD reminds motorists to take extra precautions when stopping and driving in winter weather. Some safe winter weather travel tips include:

  • Check the weather before leaving for a destination
  • Keep tires at the vehicle manufacturer's recommended pressure
  • Keep windshield solvent at full strength
  • Wash vehicle for better visibilty

For more information about being prepared before, during or after an emergency or disaster, go to the MSP/EMHSD emergency preparedness website here.