Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, this recent snow event sort of a reminded that I am ill prepared for an emergency. What should I have on hand?
A: It was a reminder for me, too. You can go online and find a list of recommendations, but you should have water, some cash, blankets, a good coat, warm shoes, food and a flashlight with fresh batteries. A box of snack bars and some bottled water will stay fresh through a season at least and will get you through a day or two. And keep your phone charged. I'm thinking that this stuff not only should be in your trunk along with jumper cables but in your apartment as well.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...