CRANFORD, NJ - It is a familiar scenario: the weather forecast calls for a fair amount of snow and there is a mad dash on the supermarkets for milk and bread. Chances are most of us could live out of our pantries and refrigerators much longer than any storm would render us housebound.

Do we ever stop to think about the amount of time we spend in our cars during the winter months? In this age of electronics, we are in constant contact with the world.  What happens when that cell phone and computer are dead and you are stranded on a highway?

TAP into Cranford wants to help you be prepared. We have compiled a list of items that would be most helpful if you ever got stranded. Simply place the items in a bin and store it in the back of your car, the trunk is not recommended, in case you do not have easy access to it.

  • a cell phone charger to be left in your vehicle
  • an actual map of the area
  • a shovel
  • a pair of work gloves
  • a flashlight – put the batteries in backwards until you need them, with extra batteries
  • jumper cables
  • a full-size spare tire that you know how to change
  • windshield scraper
  • windshield wiper fluid
  • emergency signals -  flares or warning triangles
  • first-aid kit with a pocket knife
  • collapsible fuel container
  • sand or kitty litter for traction if you get stuck
  • matches
  • a blanket, extra clothing, hat, gloves and socks
  • packs of hand and toe warmers
  • water and non-perishable snacks (granola bars, nuts, etc.)
  • an empty coffee can and toilet paper in case mother nature calls
  • a tool to break your car window
  • books, puzzle books, playing cards, etc., to pass the time in case you are waiting a while

A few precautions could help keep you and your family safe.