Stay safe this winter with preparedness kits for your car and home

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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - When it comes to winter weather you will find plenty of ways to stay safe this winter.

Tim Irving is the Disaster Program Specialist for Red Cross in Eastern Kentucky and he says, "The number one priority is your personal safety,"

Irving also has a few tips on how to stay safe during the winter.

"Trips and falls in this time of year so making sure you're salting your driveways," said Irving

And for inside your home, "Space heaters three feet away from anything in the room. Just one electrical strip and that needs to go straight into the wall."

Gina Porter is the Preparedness Coordinator for Floyd and Johnson Counties.

She recommends keeping a preparedness kit in your home.

"You want to have can food and or non-perishable items as well as a manual can opener," said Porter.

And in the event you find yourself without power, "Simple things like energy bars and or other packaged foods. First aid kids are important as well as at least a three day supply of important medicines."

It's also important to stay safe on the roads.

"If you don't need to get out on the road or you don't need to get out of your car don't do it just hang out in your car it's warm there is's comfortable," said Irving.

Porter says it is also important to keep a preparedness kit in your car.

"Wrenches, sockets, fuses. Sometimes it's difficult to have all the room for extra blankets and jackets in your vehicle, however, an emergency blanket can serve many purposes as well," said Porter.

Because the last thing you want is to find yourself stranded in freezing temperatures.

"Not only will it keep you warm they are reflective but and can allow people to know where you are located. An emergency food ration is important, small enough to keep in your glove box but may keep you alive," said Porter.

Just a few easy tips to help keep you and your family safe when mother nature's power is on full display.

Below you will find the full list for a winter driving preparedness kit and a trash can kit for your home.

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