Emergency Kit for the Car

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Mickey Mantle said “If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”

Similarly, if people planning their summer travel knew they were going to have an emergency, they would have the right things available. Only 5% of drivers carry all recommended emergency supplies in their cars.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that all Americans have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Some of these things would be more important if you lived or traveled in remote areas.

Reflective hazard triangle or road flares
Spare tire
Jumper cables
First-aid kit
Flashlight and extra batteries

Cell phone and charger
Crucial medications

Emergency radio with batteries
Bottled water for each person and pet in your car
Non-perishable, high-calorie food

Distress signal flag
Matches or lighter
During cold weather, additional items are recommended:

Windshield scraper and brush
Blankets and extra warm clothing
Road salt or cat litter to help with tire traction
Tarp for working outside in weather
It is recommended that emergency supplies should be checked at least twice a year to see that all of the items are in working order and in good condition. It is important that items are replaced if any of them are used during the year.

The American Red Cross is among many sources where emergency preparedness kits and supplies can be purchased.