NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - Winter weather means unexpected power outages and increase risk of car accidents. In tough situations, having a plan can mean all the difference.
Michigan State Police are encouraging people to make winter emergency preparedness a priority. That means having cold weather kits both at home and in your car.
Emergency kits usually include blankets, extra clothing, and a flashlight, and at least three days worth of non-perishable food and water.
MSP say if you are stuck on the side of the road, 9-1-1 should be your first call.
"If it's unsafe to sit there and try and shovel yourself out, a lot of times it's best to get us out there. Our lights can protect you and give that buffer or barrier so that somebody else won't run into you. It's best to get us out there and get a wrecker out there that has the capability of getting your vehicle out quick," said MSP Trooper Stacey Rasanen.
Emergency kits as well as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked at least twice a year.