With the threat of wintry weather, the Oregon Trail chapter of the American Red Cross is urging the public to take precautions in case of an emergency.
A survey conducted by the organization last year found only 32 percent of respondents in Oregon and southwest Washington had a preparedness kit in a car, the Red Cross said.
The kit should include water, food, clothing, jumper cables, flares and a flashlight.
"We see a lot of people with really great intentions but it's really one of those things where you really have to plan it out, put it the calendar and make sure that it happens," said Tyler Grant, a Red Cross preparedness expert. "Make it a priority and really it means making safety a priority."
Technology can also help in an emergency. Grant said the Red Cross has many apps for smart phones including one that focuses on first aid. The Oregon Trail chapter also hosts a preparedness seminar from 6 to 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month that focuses on a wide range of emergencies and disasters.
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