How to prepare your car and home for the winter

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MACON, Georgia (WMGT/41NBC) – The holiday travel season is quickly approaching, and that means people will be hitting the roads and leaving their homes.

Shaun Alston-Howard, from COUNTRY Financial, joined 41Today to talk about how you can prepare your car and home for the upcoming winter.

Click on the video to see the full interview.

Better safe than sorry

Winter weather can turn a routine trip into a dangerous situation, but being prepared can make the difference between life and death when facing hypothermia. No one plans to be marooned roadside, but with severe weather looming, it’s always a possibility. Be ready for Jack Frost with a Winter Emergency Weather Kit.

Consider the basics:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Cell phone and car charger
  • Flashlight with new batteries
  • Candle with matches or lighter
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Shovel
  • Hazard sign or brightly colored flag
  • Cat litter or sand
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food items
  • Warm clothing, winter boots, gloves
  • Blanket
  • Battery jump pack or jumper cables

If you live in a rural area or are taking a longer trip, your needs may be different so consider adding a few extra items to your kit.

Add-on items:

  • Flares and emergency
  • strobes
  • Light sticks
  • Disposable hand warmers
  • Toilet paper
  • Basic tool kit
  • Tire Chains/Tow Rope

In the case of highway accidents or ice storms, motorists may get stranded in groups. Ensure you have enough supplies for you and your family and pack a little extra to help other stranded motorists.

You can also buy ready made kits in stores and online. Make sure whatever you buy includes the basics. Also update your kit twice a year to ensure your supplies and tools are in good working order.


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Dalton was born and raised in Canton, Georgia, a small town about an hour north of Atlanta. He attended the University of Georgia, and was an active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) before graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences as well as a B.S. in Geography in the spring of 2018. Dalton began his broadcast career in Atlanta, Georgia as a weather producer, and is now sharing his talents with us as a member of the 41 First Alert Storm Team. When he's not tracking storms, Dalton enjoys reading books, spending time with his family, and playing with his dog: Murphy. He also loves NASCAR and sports, and enjoys cheering on his favorite teams: The Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Bulldogs.