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El Paso Co. Search and Rescue team readies for winter

Published On: Oct 23 2012 03:41:53 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 24 2012 06:45:59 PM CDT

With a wintry forecast, El Paso County’s Search and Rescue team is readying itself for snow season.

The temperatures are forecast to plunge, and there’s a chance for snow by the end of the week.  While the El Paso County Search and Rescue team says it is always ready, members are ensuring their vehicles are equipped for the winter season ahead.

“We’re checking our equipment, making sure everything is ready to go out in the snowy areas,” said Steven Sperry, the spokesman for the team.

Sperry said it is a good time for commuters to prepare themselves, also.  He suggests drivers pack an emergency kit to keep in their cars.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, this kit should include items like:

  • Flares/reflectors to signal for help and warn other motorists
  • Sturdy scraper/snow brush/snow shovel to clear snow
  • Battery or crank-powered radio to listen to emergency broadcasts
  • Flashlight with extra batteries or crank-powered flashlight.
  • Survival blanket or sleeping bag
  • Chemical hand warmers
  • Extra set of clothes, including coat, hat, mittens, boots, etc.
  • Water for each person and pet in your car
  • Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener
  • First Aid Kit and essential medications
  • Tire chains and tow strap
  • Nonclumping kitty litter/sand for traction
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra cloth or paper towels for cleanup if necessary
  • Deck of cards or board game for entertainment

Sperry told KRDO Newschannel 13 that it does not take much snow to cause problems, saying that worn  tires can cause drivers to slide off the road.

He said aside from having an emergency survival pack loaded in their car, it is also very important for drivers to keep an eye on the weather.

“Listen to the weather before they go out.  Have an idea about what the weather is going to do.  Make sure that you’ve got all your equipment with you,” said Sperry.


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