There has been something on my mind since our huge snow storm hit last Friday night. The severe winter storm hit hard and the roads turned bad quickly. This situation left many (hundreds) of people stranded in their cars. Some people were stuck, several waited for accidents to clear and others ran out off gas trying to keep warm while waiting.
Do you have an emergency kit in your car?
I have a first aid kit in my car, but that is it. I urge you all to make a disaster emergency kit for your car. You never know when you will need it (let’s hope never!). It is better to be prepared, than to be sorry later.
Here are a few tips on what to include. You can find a full list at Do It Yourself.
- Bottled water
- Shelf stable food: Granola bars, jar of nuts, canned fruit w/ a pull top lid, energy bar
- Flashlight w/ spare batteries
- A red flag or scarf to tie on the antenna
- First Aid Kit
- Extra warm clothes: mittens, scarf
- Supply of medications that you need to take regularly
- Charger for your cell phone
- Emergency tools; a coworker bought us all the Swiss Tech BodyGard 5-in-1 Multi-Function Emergency Tool with Key Ringfor Christmas. It can break a car window, cut a seat-belt, has an emergency flasher, a LED light and an alarm.
My mom’s tip is to pack the blanket and extra warm clothes in a vacuum seal bag. This will cut down on the space these items take up in the car. For the other items, get a small plastic tote and place it under one of the seats.
I have an emergency kit prepared in our house. I made this years ago when we lived in California and risked earthquakes. It sits in our pantry in a plastic tote, ready if we ever need it. In the house kit, I have included personal care items and pet supplies as well as all of the above.
Do you have a disaster emergency kit in your car? What have you included?