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The Red Cross says be prepared for severe winter weather

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As the region readies for a severe winter storm Joe Zydlo with the American Red Cross says if you do need to get out and drive somewhere, take a minute to put some extra items in your car which could make a huge difference, if you do get stranded on the road.

"A windshield scraper, a small broom as well you know to brush off some of that snow. Warm blankets and coats, make sure you have those in your car too as well. If you're going to be stranded or stuck there, in the car make sure you have that."

Make sure your have a full gas tank and Zydlo adds it would also be a good idea to to keep a big bag of cat litter in your trunk to give you extra needed traction. Or, if you do get stuck, pouring the cat litter right at the tires could help you get free from the snow. You can find more lifesaving information by visiting: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm.html

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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