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Be Prepared For Winter Emergencies

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WASHINGTON--A man and his two children ran out of gas in the Quilomene Wildlife area of Kittitas County.  A sheriff's deputy had to help the family.

Deputies say this serves as a good reminder that if you are traveling in the back country you should have emergency supplies in your car, like flashlights, flares, and food.

G-p-s systems or maps are a good idea, and communicating with others can also be crucial.

"Let a relative or somebody know where you're going to be and when you anticipate being back," Sgt. Devyn Derrick, Washington State Patrol, said.

Derrick added that it is also important to have warm clothes and blankets, especially if you are going over the passes or into the back country.

He recommends a jump kit and spare batteries in case of car trouble.