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Sunday, April 12, 2009

72 Hour Kit for Your Car

Nomad's Note: Here is the next entry in my survival guide. Like I've said before, this is a basic survival guide, aimed at the unprepared. Please review it and offer your comments. I want to produce a valuable guide and value the opinions of the many (except the anonymous trolls) subject matter experts that exist in the blogosphere. Read, Review, comment, and improve.

72 Hour Kit-Car

We spend a lot of times in our cars. The average American spends about three hours a day either driving or sitting in their vehicle. That comes out to be 780 hours a year- or almost 33 days. Unless something dramatic happens to change this trend I expect the practice to continue. Due to the amount of car based travel and the fact the you are often miles from your home on a daily basis it just makes sense to have an emergency kit stashed in your car. The trunk makes an excellent storage space that hides your emergency kit from prying eyes. Remember, your trunk is much larger than the typical bug out bag. Use this space to store adequate supplies. Most people park their vehicle close to where they are going to be. Should something happen that would prevent your ability to leave having a stash of supplies on hand will make an uncomfortable situation, bearable. Here is a small checklist for ensuring that your vehicle remains an asset in an emergency.

  • Properly maintain your vehicle according to the manufacturers recommendations
  • Always keep your fuel tank filled and ready to bug out should the need arise.
  • Routinely inspect your spare tire and ensure the air pressure is where it needs to be.
  • Make sure you have a working jack and the tools required to change a tire.
  • Carry an emergency kit that has basic tools, flares, portable gas container, siphon and jumper cables.
  • Invest in a tire plug kit and extra plugs.

The benefit of being in a car is that you can quickly leave an area that is inhospitable to life. If you have the means to leave the area, then leave. If your car becomes incapacitated, then you would want to secure yourselves in the car, roll up the windows, and turn off the air. Below is a list of supplies that you should store in your trunk.

  • Dust Masks
  • Military Style Gas Mask
  • Heavy Weight Plastic Sheeting- To seal up broken windows
  • Duct Tape- Always handy
  • Knife
  • Fire Extinguisher
Like your home, you vehicle can double as a shelter. As long as it has gas, you will have access to life saving air conditioning and heat. The vehicle also provides signaling opportunities in the form of the horn, headlights, brake lights and hazards.

Unless the area is dangerous, it is always advisable to stay with your vehicle. Many people, especially in the winter, have died, trying to walk their way to help when everything they need to survive, should be in their car. The following is a list of items you should carry in your trunk.
  • Large Tarp-Provides shade in the summer
  • Rope- To secure the tarp
  • Duct Tape-always valuable
  • Sleeping Bags/ Extra Blankets
  • Emergency blanket
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing
  • Box of Emergency Candles- One candle could save your life in the winter.
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • First-Aid Kit

Remember that the average adult uses one gallon of water each day. Therefore, you should plan on storing at least three gallons of water in your trunk.

  • Three Gallons per person
  • Empty Five Gallon Water Jugs
  • Water Filter (Non Electric)
  • Portable Camp Stove with fuel (For Emergency Water Purification)
  • Pot with lid (For Emergency Water Purification)
  • Portable Water Bottle’s
  • Water Purification Tablets

If you are mobile and the situation deteriorates, don’t expect the local restaurants and stores to remain open. A case of MRE’s stashed in your trunk will provide you with all of the required nourishment for several days. Having this emergency food, on hand, will make the difference. Under normal conditions, you shouldn’t expect to be without basic services for an extended period of time because you have the ability to bug out and find greener pastures.

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