Get Your Emergency Car Kit Ready To Go
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster, no matter where you go. Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Now is the time to put together a Disaster Supplies Kit to carry in the trunk of your car. Heavy autumn rains can cause flooded roadways, and winter will be here in Northeast Ohio before we know it. With it comes the certainty of hazardous driving conditions. No one wants to be stranded without the proper supplies.
Here is a list of the minimum basic supplies you should pack in your vehicle emergency kit:
- High protein snacks
- Water, enough that each person has one gallon per day
- First Aid Kit
- A flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, preferably NOAA Weather Radio
- Emergency blanket
- A whistle, to attract the attention of rescue personnel
- An emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, and important documents or information you may need
- Extra prescription medications
The Red Cross store sells a wide variety of emergency supplies, from compact Safety Tubes to Starter Kits to kits containing enough supplies to help 4 people survive a 3 day emergency.
In addition, always let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
It’s also helpful to find out what disasters may occur in the place where you are traveling, especially if you have never encountered such disasters before. Find out how you would best get information in the event of a disaster (Red Cross Emergency apps, local radio stations, emergency alert systems).
Pay attention to the weather forecast for your destination. Travel and weather web sites can help you avoid storms and other regional challenges that could impact your safety.
Be prepared for an emergency, no matter where you go. Be Red Cross Ready!