Life threatening temps are expected across Southeast Minnesota this week. Prepare for the worse case scenario to keep yourself safe during this dangerous weather. We hope you never get stranded in subzero temps but the possibility of that happening exists.

Having an emergency kit in your car could save your life. Sgt. Troy Christianson says the Minnesota State Patrol recommends packing the 16 items below in your car.

1:   Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats

2:   Snow shovel

3:   Flashlight with extra batteries

4:   Window washer solvent

5:   Ice scraper with brush

6:   Cloth or roll of paper towels

7:   Jumper cables

8:   Tow chain or rope

9:   Extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)

10:   Blankets

11:   Warning devices (flares or triangles)

12:  Drinking water

13:  Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers

14:  First-aid kit

15: Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)

16:  Mobile phone and car charger per-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services

If you do get stranded, stay in your vehicle and call 911. At night, keep your dome light on and activate the vehicle’s emergency flashers.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester  MN 55901-5848. or reach him at,

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