The weather has finally turned back to rainy and windy, with the occasional snow and ice. These conditions require special preparation. Here are some reminders and tips on being prepared for the fall and winter.

Out and About (vehicle preparedness)

  • Have your vehicle serviced for winter conditions including checking your antifreeze
  • Check your battery (cold weather puts more strain on your battery)
  • Check your tires, proper tire pressure will help you navigate icy or snow roadways

Make sure your vehicle contain the following emergency supplies to handle winter roadway and travel conditions.

  • Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter.  This will help you if you get stuck on ice or snow.
  • Ice Scraper
  • Jumper Cables.  The cold weather can be hard on your battery.
  • Small shovel.  This will help to dig snow out from around your vehicle as well as help place sand or salt under your tires if you become stuck.
  • Tire Chains.  Every driver should practice putting them on before you actually need them.
  • Flares or reflective triangle.  Helpful if you become stuck on ice or in snow or your vehicle breaks down you need to be visible to other drivers and or rescue crews.
  • Warm blanket for each passenger
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • 1 gallon of water and non-perishable food such as energy or protein bars
  • First Aid Kit
  • Spare warm clothing for each passenger

Tip:  Please follow emergency signage on roadways.  Stay on main roadways as much as possible, secondary roadways become much more dangerous during storms or snow conditions.

For any additional information or help getting your home and family prepared for emergencies please contact the Suquamish Tribe Office of Emergency Management at or call 360-394-7197.