Ready Army Car Kits
Story by: Fort Riley Public Affairs
The Ready Army campaign recommends preparing vehicles in the fall for the upcoming severe weather months and winter conditions.
"You've got to be prepared," said Richard Hearron, garrison safety officer.
Ready Army encourages everyone to compile a vehicle safety kit.
Safety kits should have warm clothing, blankets, a flashlight, non-perishable food and drinks and a shovel, Hearron said.
"It's important because anytime you are out driving, you could run into severe weather that could cause you to get stranded in the middle of nowhere," he said.
Hearron explained that each part of the kit could be essential.
"The warm clothes and blanket could keep you warm until emergency personnel are there to assist," he said. "The flashlight is just for inside the car."
Hearron said he recommends people don't leave their cars, especially if they are in an isolated area.
"This will prevent you from getting lost," he said. "It also offers you protection from the elements and it makes it easier for emergency personnel to locate you."
In addition to preparing a vehicle safety kit, vehicles also should be inspected.
"Test your anti-freeze," Hearron said. "Always keep a full tank of gas. Be sure your lights, heater and defroster work. Check your wiper blades and all of your fluid levels. Have your brakes tested and adjusted and replaced if necessary. Tire pressure and tread is a good thing to check."
Extra precaution should be taken when travelling in the winter months, Hearron said.
"If it's in winter months, let people know where you're going," he said. "Allow extra time for travel. Reduce your speed. Increase following distance between other vehicles. It's all about emergency preparedness – and that's what Ready Army is all about."
For more information on Ready Army and creating an emergency kit for your vehicle or home, visit the Ready Army page at www.riley.army.mil.