Prepare Yourself & Vehicle for Any Emergencies



Prepare Your Vehicle for Emergencies

Have You or a mechanic check the following on your vehicle prior to an emergency:

  • Antifreeze levels
  • Battery and ignition system
  • Brakes
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel and air filters
  • Heater and defroster
  • Lights and flashing hazard lights
  • Oil
  • Thermostat
  • Windshield wiper equipment and washer fluid level

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Extended Emergency Vehicle Kit. You do not think that you will need these items, until the day that you are stuck, and have been this way for a day or so.

Sanitation

  • Toilet paper. Keep a 4-pack handy; remove the cardboard tubes and flatten.
  • Hand sanitizer. Store in a quart-size zip-top bag to avoid leakage.
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. Travel sizes make these easier to pack. Pack a set for each member in a zip-top bag labeled with each person’s name.
  • Plastic tablecloth. This can cover questionable surfaces when you’re ready for a meal or a diaper change.
  • Trash bags. These are good for lining an emergency potty, which could be a 5-gallon bucket or a toddler potty.
  • Baby wipes.
  • Bar of soap. Store in a zip-top bag or soap box.
  • Disinfecting wipes.
  • Feminine protection.
  • Small box of tissues.
  • Zip-top bags in different sizes. These come in handy for holding dirty laundry, dirty diapers or trash, and can even be used to hold water.

Sustenance

  • Energy bars. Choose high-calorie options; they’re lightweight but provide the calories you’ll need in a small dose.
  • Sport drink, premade or a mix.
  • Jerky.
  • Dried fruit.
  • Applesauce/fruit cups.
  • Hearty, whole wheat crackers.
  • Hard candies.
  • Tuna packs.
  • Dry cereal.
  • Jam/jelly cups.
  • Trail mix. Make sure there’s no chocolate (which would melt in high temperatures).
  • Shelled sunflower seeds

Survival Gear

  • Water. A case of water bottles or cleaned 2-liter soda bottles, refilled with tap water, and tightly capped. These bottles can be reused.
  • Water filter. I like the Life-Straw or PurifiCup, which are both lightweight and highly portable.
  • LED flashlights and/or headlamps.
  • Rain ponchos.
  • Emergency radio. Choose a model that is both solar- and battery-powered.
  • Heavy-duty trash bags.
  • Reflective emergency blanket /sleeping bag.
  • Duct tape. (There’s always a use for duct tape.)
  • Fleece blankets.
  • Tarp.
  • Paracord. 50 yards, or more. Paracord is a lightweight nylon, general purpose utility rope.
  • Multi-purpose knife.
  • Extra batteries. For everything in your kit that requires a battery.
  • Hand/foot warmers.
  • Work gloves.
  • Small shovel.
  • Fire-starters, such as waterproof matches, flint or a Blast Match, which shoots sparks with three times the heat of a standard match.
  • Multi-tool.
  • Binoculars.
  • Light sticks. These are great to keep the kids entertained but also helpful for keeping track of them after dark.
  • Maps.
  • Bandannas.
  • Small pair of scissors.
  • Collapsible nylon bag or small backpack. If you ever have to leave your vehicle for safer ground, this will enable you to take the most essential items with you.
  • Shoelaces.
  • Walking shoes for each member of the family. You’ll give thanks for having sturdy, comfortable shoes stashed in the car if you ever have to hoof it to safety.
  • Floppy cotton hat.
  • Sunblock.
  • Face mask. Even a simple dust mask comes in handy around a forest fire or high level of smog.

High Quality Survival First-Aid Kit.

  • Medications. Make sure you only pack those that aren’t temperature-sensitive.
  • Bee-sting kit
  • Tick remover
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Burn dressing
  • Splints and elastic wraps
  • Assorted adhesive bandages
  • Gauze
  • Athletic tape
  • Blister treatments (such as moleskin)
  • Cloth tape
  • Eyewash cup
  • Absorbent pads for bleeding
  • Antiseptic wipes and nitrile gloves (latex sometimes provokes allergies)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antibiotic ointments
  • Antacid tablets
  • Antidiarrhea pills
  • Rehydration salts
  • Prescription medicines
  • Small mirror
  • Blunt tip scissors
  • Razor blade or knife
  • CPR mask
  • Elastic sprain bandage, SAM splint
  • Scissors, tweezers, safety pins
  • Aspirin and nonaspirin pain relievers
  • Nausea medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Duct tape

Additional Emergency Supplies
Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Glasses and contact lense solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account
  • records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Deck of cards.
  • Foam ear plugs.
  • Books on CD, paperbacks.
  • Inspirational or motivational book.
  • Small journal/pen or pencil.

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