Most people spend many hours in their cars each week. A major disaster could force you to rely on your car for short term shelter and survival. Even a simple trip over a mountain pass can turn into a nightmare if things go wrong. Assemble a kit with some or all of the following items. Including a small daypack or backpack to make these items convenient to carry if you need to walk home.
Stay warm and stay dry.
- 72 hour non-perishable food supply(raisins, trail mix, nuts, crackers, powerbars or energy bars, etc.) If you have a baby, include formula, bottles, and baby foods.
- Comfort foods. Almost any emergency seems less stressful with your favorite comfort foods around.
- Bottled Water (Mylar water bags with 5 year shelf life, 1 or 2 litre bottled water)
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Heavy Work Gloves
- Fire Extinguisher
- Car repair items (wrenches, duct tape, jumper cables, tow rope, etc. A wrecking bar bungeed under your seat can help you bash your way out of your car if you're trapped, or bash into someone else's car who has become trapped. Use a towel to protect yourself from broken glass.)
- Battery operated radio (don't use up your car's battery listening to the radio or the news)
- Compass and local maps of the area(s) you frequently travel.
- Flashlight with extra batteries and spare bulb
- Blanket(S) or sleeping bag(s)
- Tools (small shovel, ax, leatherman, etc.)
- Extra clothing and walking shoes
- Lip balm and hand lotion
- Plastic produce bags (put these over your feet inside your shoes to keep your feet dry)
- Zip-lock bags, sealable bio-hazard bags, toilet tissue, kleenex, etc.
- Poncho (can be used for improvised shelter outside your car, rain, or privacy when nature calls.) Bright colored ponchos can also be used as signal devices.
- Waterproof matches or lighter.
- A votive candle in a mason jar (this will keep your car above freezing; be sure to crack your window, however.)
- Cash: small bills and assorted change
The amounts of these items that you include in your emergency vehicle survival kit will depend on how many people regularly travel in your car. A commute kit will differ from a vacation kit.
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If your car breaks down and you decide to leave your vehicle to get help, make sure that it is parked well off the road and on the right side. Never leave your car parked on a freeway exit. If you leave your car parked on the left side of a road or on a freeway exit, it will be towed and impounded and great expense to you.
If you decide to leave your vehicle for any reason, whether you're stranded in a storm or your car has broken down, leave a note with your car indicating what has happened, where you have gone and how you are. Be sure to keep your identification, emergency phone numbers and any important emergency medical information with you.
If you have a dog that travels with you, include dog food and count the dog as a person in your water needs.
All this stuff??? In the car???
Actually, it can be quite compact if you are careful and use your nooks and crannies well. Remember, this is emergency stuff and it doesn't have to be handy. Look for compartments - pop up the back seat in your sedan if it isn't part of the trunk; use your spare tire compartment to the max; string hammocks underneath the hood of your trunk; break up the supplies and store small items in glove compartments, under seats and in the flexible saddlebags on the backs of many front seats.
Peninsula Light Company Emergency Survival Kits
Peninsula Light Company has researched the various kits available on the market and has purchased large quantities of a good Emergency Survival Kit. These kits contain sufficient emergency supplies for one person, are compact in size and handy for storing in your car. Peninsula Light Company offers these kits to the public at their cost ($29.00) plus tax (Total Cost $31.32)
You may purchase these kits from:
13315 Goodnough Dr. NW in Gig Harbor