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Vehicle Emergency Kit

Many people work as far as 30, 60 and sometimes up to 100 miles or more from home each day. Depending on traffic conditions, they are in their vehicles at least two hours or more each day. In some households, both the husband and the wife commute long distances leaving their children at home or at school while they go to work.

Even if you don't have a long commute but drive your car to work every day, if there is a disaster of some sort, you may have to depend on your car, not just to get to where you need to go, but as a place to eat and sleep.

Imagine if roads and bridges collapse, if there is a massive flood, or if there is some sort of terrorist attack that makes it impossible to get home, your car may be your only means of basic comfort and/or survival until you are able to get home or to an emergency shelter.

Your car should have an emergency kit with supplies to last for at least two to three days or longer. It may not seem that important, but if there is a disaster, you may not have an opportunity to get home. You may have to leave work or where ever you are, get on the road, and seek shelter at a place that is foreign to you.

If your family members are with you, you will have to provide the basic necessities for them. That is why it is so important to have emergency supplies stored in your vehicle at all times just as you would at home.

Your vehicle emergency kit should include:

(1) A first aid kit, extra set of eyeglasses, contact lens and solution, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries.

(2) Tire repair kit including an air pump, jack, lug wrench, wire pliers, philip and flat head screwdriver, hammer, and a knife.

(3) Jumper cables, flares, reflectors, white distress flag, flash light with extra batteries and bulbs.

(4) A map of the area that you are in that shows alternative routes home.

(5) Bottled water and non-perishable food items, can opener, and plastic eating utensils.

(6) Jacket, blanket, gloves, umbrella, hat, and a pair of comfortable tennis shoes.

(7) List of telephones numbers for other family members, your child's school, medical providers, etc.

Your first aid kit, food and water, eating utensils, maps, extra clothing, flash light and batteries, knife, and other emergency supplies should be stored in a small wheeled suitcase or a backpack just in case you have to abandon your vehicle.

Some parents drop their children off at day care centers near their jobs. In such cases, a vehicle kit should also include clothing, shoes, food, and emergency supplies that a child may need if they are in the vehicle with you during a disaster.

Listed below are talking points developed by FEMA that will help you in making you and your family as prepared as possible if there is a disaster in the area in which you live.

(1) Are you prepared?

(2) Be informed

(3) Chemical and biological terrorism

(4) Chemical and biological weapons

(5) Consider your pets

(6) Create a personal support network

(7) Develop a family communication plan

(8) Emergency Information Management

(9) Emergency kit

(10) Emergency money

(11) Fire safety

(12) Get involved

(13) If you have to evacuate

(14) Important documents

(15) Make a plan

(16) Medical supplies

(17) Shelter-in-place

(18) Stay or go

(19) The elderly and the disabled

(20) Vehicle emergency kit

(21) Working together

Preparing Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.

Information was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in consultation with AARP, the American Red Cross and the National Organization on Disability.

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