Kansans urged to prepare for winter storm

TOPEKA | With much of Kansas under a blizzard watch for later this week, emergency management officials are encouraging residents to make preparations now.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management says motorists planning to travel for the Christmas holiday should stock their vehicles with survival kits. The kits should include blankets, water, a flashlight, nonperishable food, a battery-powered radio and other emergency supplies.

The agency's director, Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, says vehicles should also have plenty of gasoline, antifreeze and window washer fluid.

Bunting says people planning to stay home should also stock up on food, water, medications and other necessities — enough for at least three days.