Having Car Emergency Kits full of emergency supplies for each of your vehicles is just smart! An emergency kit in your vehicle, is important to have in case of a natural disaster such as an earthquake, forest fire, or a flood. It is definitely needed during winter driving, if you live in the snow, or just in case of a car accident!
The 1994 Chatsworth earthquake that my family was five miles from the epicenter, happened at 4:31 am in the morning. I had to look at that time for days because our power was out. I will never forget the time. Most people were at home where they had the most chance to be prepared. We were lucky!
I have always wondered about what would have happened, if the earthquake had happened later. Many people would have been killed from downed freeways and buildings. Many people would have been left stranded at their workplaces, without proper food and water. Many roads were impassable. Gas lines were broken and fires started. Power lines were down everywhere. It was not safe to be out and around. Families would have been frantic for one another, and there were no phones in an emergency. We found that out quickly.
The best and safest plan of action in a serious emergency is to remain where you are. If you are at work, it is best to stay there until you know it is safe. Make sure that everyone in your family knows what they are supposed to do in the event of an emergency, especially, if you are separated! Have prearranged meetings places. This is an essential part of your emergency preparedness plan, so that you can find your family members!
I would encourage everyone to prepare a backpack of emergency supplies. Leave it in the trunk of your car in case of an emergency during work hours, or if you were out driving and could not make it home. Ready-made emergency kits can be purchased for fairly cheaply or you can make your own kit. Your car kit should contain basic emergency food supplies, emergency water supplies, and items for warmth, especially in winter.
Each area of the country is different. If snow is a problem, you might want to buy a small shovel, and leave boots in your car. If it is winter, leave a warm coat in the car. Know and understand your areas disasters, and prepare for them!
Specifically you would want to provide a backpack full of supplies that could be easily toted if you needed to walk home:
These would be perfect for your Car Emergency Kits!