Disaster Prep Summer Series: Car Emergnecy Kit

So this one is a little out of order with the other posts but here we go!
Photo by Augie Ray

Yes in addition to each member of your family and all pets, your car needs an emergency kit too!  What goes into your car emergency kit will depend on how many people/pets are in your family and what the weather is like.  Most experts recommend updating your kit in the spring for summer and fall for winter.  The lists below include items for both summer and winter.

What container should I use?
I recommend using something that can fit in your car without being in the way and can also be carried easily in the event you need to abandon your car.  We use regular backpacks we got on a back to school sale a few years ago.

Personal Items:
Food and water for each person and pet in your car for 3 days along with a mess kit (small kit with plate, bowl, cup, and utensils) and bowls for your pets
Blankets or sleeping bags for each person or pet
First Aid kit
AM/FM Radio
Cell phone charger
Diapers, wipes, change of clothes and milk/formula and bottles for any babies
List of contact phone numbers and addresses
Camping shovel
Pocket Knife
Tarp and line

Car Items:
Jumper cables
Flashlights w/ extra batteries
Glow sticks
Cat litter for traction on ice and snow
Ice scraper
Fix a Flat
Tire Chains
Spare Fuses
Small Tool Kit
Extra oil, antifreeze, brake fluid and any other fluids your model of car uses
Small Fire Extinguisher
Roadside flares, reflectors and emergency road sign
Duct tape

Things to Remember:
Keep a full tank of gas in your car.
Any time you bring your pet in the car, make sure you also bring their leash or carrier even if you are only going a short distance.
None of these items will do you any good if you don't know how to use them.  Learn before hand how to change a tire, install snow chains, etc.

The American Red Cross has launched a website called Safe & Well.  This website is a place for people in a disaster area to register their status and out of area family and friends to access this status.  For more information, visit their website at http://www.redcross.org/find-help/contact-family/register-safe-listing

This is the last post for our Disaster Prep series!  Thanks for following!  Be on the lookout for a regular post soon!

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