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Preparing for colder weather by stocking up your vehicle

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Illinois' cold weather related deaths are down drastically. We first told you about that Sunday.

Emergency management agencies prepare us every year for the frigid temperatures that can settle in to our region of the Midwest.

"First aid kit, a flashlight, have some snacks or something you could eat and some drinking water also," said Matt Knott, Division Chief of the Rockford Fire Department.

Take some notes! If these things aren't in your trunk or emergency kit, Rockford Fire says they should be.

"The winter poses some unique challenges with the extreme cold, with the potential of getting stuck, stranded in a ditch if you're in some rural areas," said Knott.

Firefighters also say you need a blanket.

"The temperature is really what the killer is."

They stress that you should really get in the know. Have a plan and be prepared.

"Probably what the most important stuff is to be informed, so understanding what's going on with the weather, that there is some severe weather impacting our area's important," said Knott.

Dennis Lolli watches the radar all the time.

"So we have a good feel of what the weather's going to do," said Lolli who is the chief of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Emergency Response Team. "Before you take a trip, check the weather, check on what they've forecasted."

Lolli handles emergency management in Winnebago County. He says it's not only what's in your trunk that matters.

"Oil change, battery charge, make sure you got a battery that's in good condition, got good tires on the car," said Lolli.

Lolli attributes Illinois' low number of cold weather deaths to a high level of preparedness and response.

"Emergency management, law enforcement, fire. We work together and closer now than we have in the last 50 years."

For more information on what you can do to prepare for colder weather head here: http://www.ready.gov/.

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