Friday, July 31, 2009

Are you prepared when you are not at home?

It may be necessary to leave your home quickly with little or no time to prepare or to take anything with you. It is also possible that an emergency may strike at a time when you are away from home. For this reason you should have emergency items stored in your car, and you should have a communication plan to help you and your family members find each other. Because your car may be your means of evacuation, it is important to maintain at least one half tank of gas or more at all times, and keep your car in good repair.

The following is a recommendation of items to put into an emergency car kit:

LED Flashlight or light sticks
First aid kit
Maps and compass
AM/FM radio (in addition to car radio)
Emergency blanket
Extra clothing
Jumper cables
Car repair tools
Cell phone (most disconnected cell phones are able to call 9-1-1)
Fire extinguisher
Paper and pencil
Toys and other special consideration items for children
Books and games for entertainment

It is important to customize your emergency car kit for people with special needs such as diabetes, allergies, chronic illness, babies, and elderly.

Remember to always let someone know what time you left and what time you expect to arrive at your destination. By taking these precautions, you can prepare your family for an emergency and feel more confident in your travels.

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