I feel compelled to write this post tonight after watching the latest coverage on Snowpocalypse 2010 here in the Pacific Northwest. We don’t get much snow here in general, but this year promises to be a doozy.
So my question to you is simple. Do you have an emergency kit in your car? Do you have what it takes to survive overnight in your vehicle if you are unable to reach safety?
Someone close to me was unaccounted for tonight for about six hours. They had forgotten their cell phone this morning, and were thus unreachable. They arrived safe quite a bit later than expected, thankfully, but the whole thing got my mind going.
Even I am unhappy with the state of our car emergency kits. So take this nudge as a subtle reminder to make sure you have a suitable emergency kit in your vehicle. Keep in mind that what is suitable will change with the seasons and with the area you’re driving through.
Some things to consider:
- Be sure to have a fair amount of food and water on hand.
- Have blanket(s) if the weather warrants it. An extra mylar blanket works wonders!
- You’ll want to have weather appropriate clothing as well.
- Don’t forget a suitable tool kit!
- A small roll of plastic sheeting and duct tape … useful for shelter, insulation, and the like
- A few emergency candles and a way to start a fire. One candle generates an amazing amount of heat in an enclosed space.
- You should already have a first aid kit in your car, but if you don’t, make sure you do!
- A heavy duty rope, maybe even a tow rope
Hopefully this gives you food for thought! What do you put in your emergency kit?