Being Prepared in Your Car
Your kit doesn't have to be a large or expensive. Many of us have all these items in our home already but scattered about.
Vehicle Emergency Kit
- Jumper cables
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- First aid kit and necessary medications in case you are away from home for a prolonged time
- Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener
- Water for each person and pet in your car -- Keeping a case of bottled water in your vehicle is a good idea
- AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages
- Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
- Small shovel
- Ice scraper
- Warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- A fully-charged cell phone and phone charger
- Flares or reflective triangle
- Baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
Be prepared for an emergency by keeping your gas tank at least half full.
If you find yourself stranded, be safe and stay in your car. Turn on your your flashers. Call for help and wait in or near the vehilce until help arrives. It is much easier for responders to find a vehicle than a person who has walked away from the vehicle.