If you’re like many Michiganders, you have an emergency kit in your house or in your car – but you don’t have both.

Here’s why you need two (and what needs to be in them).

Why You Should Keep Two Emergency Kits During Winter

Michigan winters are serious – and it can pay to have an emergency kit handy whether you’re at home or in your car. You never know when a big storm will pop up, your car will get stuck on the side of the road, or something else will happen.

What to Keep in Your Home Emergency Kit This Winter

Your home emergency kit needs:

  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • A battery-powered radio
  • A 3-day supply of food and water for everyone in your house
  • A first-aid kit
  • A 7-day supply of medications
  • Extra pet food and water

What to Keep in Your Car Emergency Kit This Winter

Your car emergency kit needs:

  • A small shovel
  • A windshield scraper
  • A small broom
  • Some energy bars
  • A case of water
  • Extra hats
  • Socks
  • Mittens or gloves
  • Jumper cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Reflectors
  • Road salt or cat litter
  • A first-aid kit
  • A car charger for your phone
  • A battery-powered radio
  • A flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • A sleeping bag or blanket

Always keep your gas tank half-full (or no more than half-empty, depending on how you’d like to look at it) during the winter, too.