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An Emergency Survival Kit in Your Car Could Save Your Life


By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

If you are not involved in emergency management or public safety, it can be difficult to know what to have in your car for emergency purposes. Because emergencies are often spontaneous, you can’t really plan for them. But you can plan for the “what ifs” associated with a potential emergency.

Recently, a Texas woman was rescued after five days in a remote area of the Havasupai Reservation in northern Arizona. She kept her cell phone charged from the car battery and was able to alert authorities to her situation. Her actions and the supplies in her vehicle saved her life.

Here is a list of some items you might want to keep in your car for emergencies.

Hat, Scarf, Jacket and Gloves

These items of clothing are particularly handy for traveling in cold weather, especially if your car stalls and you become stranded on the side of the road. A hat, gloves, jacket or coat will help keep you warm while you wait for help.

First Aid Kit

Many stores sell first aid kits, which can help greatly in an emergency. You can also put a first aid kit together on your own. It should include bandages, gauze and medical tape. Water purification pills and a bottle of an antiseptic solution such as iodine or hydrogen peroxide are also good to include in your kit.

Water and Snacks

Keeping a gallon of bottled water and non-perishable snacks in your vehicle is also a good idea. Water and nourishment can be a lifesaver if help cannot arrive quickly.

Car Emergency Kit

Just as it’s good to have a first aid kit, it’s also important to have an auto emergency kit. Google and other retailers sell a variety of kits in different sizes and prices.

Your kit should include a set of eight-foot heavy-duty 10-gauge battery jumper cables, an air compressor, tow rope and emergency flares. Also, be sure you have the tools in your trunk to change a tire. Some gas stations now charge for the air to inflate tires, so keep a small stash of quarters for the air pumps.

DMV.org has a list of items motorists should have. It’s a good idea to check the site and other lists to get a full picture of what you should keep in your vehicle. You might not need the kit for quite a while, but you’ll be thankful it’s there when you do need it.

It is essential for vehicle owners to take the time and put emergency supplies in their vehicles. By remaining prepared for any vehicle-related emergencies, drivers and passengers will be more equipped to survive emergencies until first responders find them.

Allison G. S. Knox Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, and History; a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Allison is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard, and Lifeguard Instructor, and is trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society as Chancellor of the Southeast Region, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She is also a member of several committees including the Editorial Committee with APCO, the Rescue Task Force Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She also serves as Chair of the Leadership Development Program for the 2020 Pi Gamma Mu Triennial Convention. Allison has published several book reviews and continues to write about issues affecting ambulances, emergency management, and homeland security.