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CLARKSBURG -

Emergency service departments in cities are available to help you during emergencies and bad weather situations.

One thing those departments offer is advice and that can include tips on how to prepare for emergencies.

For at least the next few days there shouldn't be any snow, which means you have a chance to get your car winter-ready if you haven't done it already.

There are a few items you should keep with you in case of an emergency.

"It's important for people to have materials and equipment in their car that they are going to need depending on what the season is," said Shaunda Rauch, Director of Emergency Services in Bridgeport.

Rauch said there are a few key items that you'll want to have with you this winter.

"Right now we want people to have gloves, mittens, scarves, they need kitty litter in case they get stuck, and they need flashlights," Rauch explained.

Rauch said it's also important to keep cash with you during the cold months because ATM's can freeze.

What you should keep in your car for emergencies can change with the seasons.

"It's important to have water during the summer months. If you are stranded somewhere for any period of time you need to have water to stay hydrated," said Rauch.

Rauch said emergency car kits can vary person to person.

"Everybody's kit is going to be a little bit different. If you have children that's going to play into what you keep in your car. Maybe you want to put a couple games in there, because you're going to want to make sure the kids have something to occupy their mind so they don't focus on the uncomfortable situation they found themselves in. You're preparedness and kits are specific to you and your needs," explained Rauch.

Rauch said it doesn't need to be a total emergency for those items to come in handy, they can help even if you run out of gas or get a flat tire.

You can find a complete checklist of items to consider putting in your emergency car kit here.