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Preparedness Month: Don’t Forget the Car

In 2004 the United States government declared September as National Emergency Preparedness Month and has encouraged families to arrange emergency kits and plans to prepare for various types of emergencies, disasters or hazards. In the event of an emergency, you might rely on your car and you may need some supplies to keep it running! Here’s what you need to pack in your Emergency Kit. Consider keeping one large kit for home use and another smaller version in your car in case you get caught in your vehicle for an extended period of time.

  1. Water: As a general rule, pack one gallon of water per person per day to last for three days. Consider water purification tablets and straws.
  2. Food: Pack enough non-perishable food or freeze dried food for three days. Don’t forget the can opener!
  3. Communication: Many radios are available with hand-crank or solar power and feature a flashlight and a smart phone charger! Also pack a whistle, a notebook and pens.
  4. Shelter: Consider tarps, thermal blankets, tents, sleeping bags, ponchos and more.
  5. Clothing: Extra clothing and sturdy boots or shoes.
  6. Lights: Flashlights, waterproof matches, light sticks, flares, reflective cones or vests.
  7. Medical Supplies: Pack a first aid kit and extra medications you might need. Pack dust masks to filter contaminated air.
  8. Children’s Items: If you have children, pack books, activities or small toys.

Don’t Forget the Car!

  • Insulated jumper cables
  • Heavy-duty tow rope
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Tools: screw drivers, wrench set, socket set, pliers & utility knife.
  • Assorted fuses
  • Spare tire
  • Tire puncture repair kit
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Electrical tape
  • Rubber and cloth work gloves
  • Folding shovel
  • Maps
  • Flashlights and flares

The best way to keep your vehicle prepared for emergencies is to keep it properly maintained. Check your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance services and intervals and talk to your car care advisor. At Rad Air we enjoy learning about you and your vehicle’s needs and can recommend the right services for your vehicle and driving style.