“Is your glove box prepared for an emergency?”

The question was asked and answered during a recent meeting of the Verdigris Oklahoma home and Community Education (OHCE) Club.

During their last meeting, Liz Aikins presented the lesson, “Is Your Glove Box Prepared for an Emergency”?

Members agreed that the glove box in their cars were not as big as they used to be; however, agreed the first step in preparing it for emergencies is to clean it out (from old receipts, fast-food ketchup packets, pens that don’t work, etc.) Essentials to seriously consider include:

• Proof of insurance and registration. Ensure you have easy access to these items.

• In Case of Emergency (ICE) and medical information. Write down who should be called in case of an emergency as well as your doctor’s contact information and any medical conditions, medications and allergies you have or any family members have. It is important to have this information written down in case you are injured in an accident and cannot communicate these facts for yourself. A free ICE handout can be accessed through AAA. Type in “ICE card pdf” in the search line on the computer for several options as well as instructions on adding ICE to your phone numbers on your phone.

•Vehicle owner’s manual and service log. Having the manual handy can help you troubleshoot in a hurry and the service log handy will help you answer questions.

• Flashlight. Small affordable LED flashlights put out a lot of light

• Pen and paper. Perhaps a mechanical pencil would withstand time better.

•Tire pressure gauge. The manual tire pressure gauge is the best bet—battery powered or digital ones may die

• Phone charger. Just don’t let your smartphone run out of juice

• Roadside assistance phone number. This could even be your insurance company.

Verdigris OHCE meets at the Verdigris Townhall on the second Thursday of each month at a.m.