Brrr… are you prepared for the cold if your car gets stranded?

New England is experiencing the kind of weather that is challenging to car batteries. Are you adequately prepared for emergencies when you’re on the road? In this weather, being stuck on a public highway for 20 or 30 minutes while waiting for emergency help to arrive can be a hardship. Being stranded on a remote road late at night can be a nightmare anytime and life threatening in frigid weather.
Keeping your car maintained is rule number one but it’s also a good idea to keep a winter car survival kit in your car for the season because you just never know. Emergencies by their very nature take us by surprise. The state of Wisconsin, which has it’s share of cold weather and remote roads, offers a good one page sheet on How to make a winter survival car kit – it’s one of the best we’ve seen. They also offer a video version – below.

Tips & tools for avoiding or dealing with the flu

With 700 cases of the flu in Boston and counting, the city has declared a flu emergency. But you aren’t off the hook if you don’t live in Boston – there have been 18 deaths in the state as of this writing, and the Centers for Disease Control reports a high level of high levels of influenza-like-illness throughout most of the country.
Mass.Gov has an excellent site on Influenza that offers multi-lingual fact sheets and information on protecting, preparing and caring for yourself and others. The site also has special resources for these groups:

For more resources, see the CDC’s Seasonal Influenza site and

Tips for Businesses
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers Business Planning resources at
Zurich, one of the Renaissance business partners, has prepared an excellent guide for business: Influenza Outbreak: What your business should be doing