As part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's recently declared Winter Hazards Awareness Week, the Michigan State Police is supplying residents with emergency preparedness tips for safe winter travels. "Michiganders should take every opportunity to prepare for winter weather before it\u2019s here, bringing with it the potential for frozen pipes, propane shortages and power outages" Col. Joe Gasper, state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and director of the Michigan State Police, said in a press release. "Taking steps to prepare your home and vehicle in advance of the cold weather can help ensure your family stays safe all winter." Here's what to keep in your vehicle this winter according to MSP. In the event you get stranded or stuck, you should keep an emergency preparedness kit in your car stocked with: Batteries Battery-powered or hand-crank radio Flashlight Windshield scraper Jumper cables Mobile phone charger Shovel Blankets First aid kit (bandages, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, antiseptic cream, medical wrap) Non-perishable food Bottled water In addition to the items listed above, keeping a cell phone on hand is highly advised. And to ensure your vehicle can withstand the upcoming winter months you should: Have your radiator system serviced, replace windshield wipers and refill wiper fluid. Replace any worn tires and check air pressure regularly. Have your brakes, brake fluid, oil, car battery, heater and exhaust checked to make sure everything is running efficiently. We've already covered how to weatherize your home this winter with tips from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which you can read here. But here's more suggestions for preparing your home from MSP: Weatherproof your home by installing weather stripping and caulking and insulating walls, doors and windows. Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls, so pipes are less likely to freeze. Lock in a propane rate now and have a backup heating plan, such as a generator, wood stove or fireplace. Have gas or oil furnaces inspected by a qualified professional and change the air filter every two to four months. Have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected. Contact your local fire department for a referral or look for a local inspector online. Install battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas. CO poisoning is more common in the winter months when furnaces are turned on and portable generators are often used for electricity during power outages. Clean gutters to prevent ice dams from forming. Roof ice dams can cause water to build up, leading to interior damage. Clear storm drains along the curb to enable water to drain. If plugged, water has the potential to go into low-lying areas and flood basements. Have an emergency preparedness kit stored safely in your house that includes water, nonperishable food, a first aid kit, extra batteries, a battery or hand-crank powered radio, emergency lighting or flashlights, extra blankets and warm clothing. "As colder months roll in, Michiganders should be prepared, as usual, to prepare for potential frozen pipes, propane shortages, and power outages" Whitmer said in the release. "By taking effective precautions, we can all be ready for whatever the Michigan winter wants to throw at us, enjoy the holiday season, and keep our families safe and warm." In support of statewide winter preparedness efforts, Whitmer proclaimed Nov. 7-13 as Winter Hazards Awareness Week. For more tips, go to www.michigan.gov\/miready.