The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department and Sauk County Emergency Management want to encourage people to take steps to prepare for a potential crisis. A roadside emergency kit is the one item that every vehicle should have; yet most of people never carry any of the basic items to help them get back on the road quickly and safely. When it comes to commuting or traveling any lengthy distance, a roadside emergency kit can mean the difference between a comfortable wait, or being stuck for a long period of time in freezing temperatures. Basic kit items include: jumper cables, a flashlight, winter clothing, a shovel, a blanket, and a fully charged cellphone. Remember that the most important item is good judgment and slowing down in extreme weather conditions.