Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit for Your Vehicle

by Vanessa Hayes

in Organizing,Quick Tip Videos,Uncategorized

In today’s video we get outta the house and hit the open road! Well…maybe not, but at least we get to the car! I want to take a few moments to show you how to build an emergency preparedness kit for your vehicle.  Whether you’re a soccer mom and captain of your minivan or you’re a burly trucker puttin’ the pedal to the metal on the highways and by-ways (‘cuz, yeah, I have a lot of truckers that subscribe to my blog), bad luck and danger doesn’t discriminate.  Sometimes, what started as a simple trip turns into an “adventure.”  Look what happened on Gilligan’s Island…a 3-hour tour turned into 3 seasons and 98 episodes!  So, here goes…

In the video I break it down into two categories; the Emergency Preparedness Kit and Good Things to Have in Your Vehicle.  So take a look:


Here’s a link to a downloadable checklist to help you assemble your kit, plus links to 4 vehicle “how to” videos covering tire changing, jump starting your battery, installing tire chains, and even how to use a fire extinguisher! Download the checklist:  THINGS REALLY SMART PEOPLE KEEP IN THEIR VEHICLE

I also found this link to some great apps I thought you’d like and they’re recommended by the National Safety Commission (most of them are free).

So there you have it folks, your own emergency preparedness kit in a quick “how to.” Now, you too can be prepared next time you’re out on the road and Mother Nature throws you a curve ball or someone decides the best way to meet you is to run smack dab into your car. You’re ready…with your handy dandy emergency preparedness kit to save the day! This is one of those tips where I hope you follow my advice but hope you never have to actually use it. Stay safe, and it would be a nice gesture to pass this tip on to a friend so they’re prepared, too.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindi October 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Hi Vanessa,

Just another suggestion on top of the things you’ve already mentioned, and this one would be handy for people living in areas where the winters can get pretty cold: a couple of candles and some strike-anywhere matches, as well as some energy bars, etc. Along with the space blanket (which you already mentioned in your mini-survival kit), these can be a lifesaver.

Vanessa Hayes October 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Awesome! Those are great suggestions, Cindi. I actually do keep energy bars in my car but I’ll definitely have to add the candles and matches. Thanks so much!

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