Assemble a Winter Car Kit
A Winter Car Kit can literally save your life during a snowstorm. Plan ahead now and store emergency supplies in your car trunk. A portable all-hazard NOAA weather radio carried with you when traveling will keep you informed of weather developments and emergency updates. If you do not have a weather radio, include a battery-powered radio with spare batteries in case your car radio fails. Other basic items in your Winter Car Kit should include: a flashlight with extra batteries, a first aid kit with a manual, a blanket or space blanket, extra jacket or poncho, socks, sock hat, and gloves. Booster cables are important for any time of the year, but especially in winter to restart a dead battery.
A shovel, a box of sand or old house shingles will come in handy if you are stuck in the snow. The sand or shingles will give tires needed traction to get out of a snow bank and back on the road. It might not be a bad idea to store salt for your driveway, too! The melting snow might be easier to shovel and cause less strain on your heart.
Anyone who travels with children knows the importance of having snacks and drinking water on long trips. If you store these items in the car trunk now, they will be handy if you get caught in a storm.
If you have car trouble on the road, a fluorescent orange cloth tied to the antenna and safety flares will alert other drivers that you need help. For more information on preparing emergency supplies for your home and car contact: Rebecca Blocker, Housing & Environment Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, at firstname.lastname@example.org , phone: 573-756-4539, or contact the Montgomery County University of Missouri Extension Office.
Soil Testing Available
At Montgomery County Extension Office
Getting your soil tested is an important part of gardening and farming. Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Bring your soil samples to the Montgomery County Extension Office, 310 Salisbury St., Ste. E., Montgomery City, MO 63361. Results are typically provided within two weeks.
2012 Annual Report
The 2012 Montgomery County Annual Report is now available in the extension office as well as on-line. The report is located on the left hand side of the this site under plans and reports. This report highlights 2012 extension programming and how it improves peoples' lives through research-based information. If you have any questions or comments, please call the Montgomery County Extension Office at 573-564-3733.