Emergency Survival Kit

Survival kit

Assemble an emergency kit for the car as part of the family’s disaster preparation activities. (Photo Credits)

Car emergency kits is an essential tool for survival of most urbanites and their families. After all, daily commute and heavy traffic or long roads are part of their day to day agenda, such that if an emergency occurs, there is a high probability that it will take place while they are on the go.

The website Ask A Prepper expounded on this topic. “Before getting to a list of items to have in your emergency kit, the first consideration needs to be: ‘After an EMP hits, what is my first job or goal?’ Let’s assume for sake of discussion that if an EMP happens, and it’s obvious that major electrical infrastructure is damaged, your job is to get ‘home’ or to an agreed meeting spot with your family to assess the situation and decide what to do. The second thing to remember is that your car may or may not work. Even if it does work, massive traffic jams and other road closures may force you to be on foot to get to your family meeting spot.” Read the list of bug out bag contents here.

First Things First

Gray Wolf Prepper also came out with a detailed guide in putting together a survival kit meant for the car.

“Keep emergency contact information in the car. You should have something in the vehicle that will tell first-responders who they should call if you are incapacitated. You should also keep contact information handy for yourself in case something comes up and you lose your phone. This information should be kept with you and not your vehicle when you are not driving. It should be in your emergency kit. Make sure you have at least two good flashlights in your vehicle. If you run into trouble and need to change a tire or fix something under the hood, it is a lot easier to do if you can see.”

Read the rest of the guidelines here.

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The Red Cross meantime has a great list on the basic contents for a survival kit. More than basic tools and equipment for cars, this also involves basic supply needs for the people in the vehicle just in case they get stuck somewhere were food supplies and other basic needs may not be available due to a crisis situation.

“At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below: (1) Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home); (2) Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home); (3) Flashlight; (4) Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible); (5) Extra batteries; (6) First aid kit; (7) Medications (7-day supply) and medical items; (8) Multi-purpose tool.”

Print out the whole list from the Red Cross’ website here.

Being prepared for any eventuality or crisis situation may mean having an extra bug out bag in the car. One should never forego bringing that extra load.

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