Emergency Preparedness Kit In Your Car Could Save Your Life

You don’t have to be an aspiring “Doomsday Prepper” to be able to appreciate that you could be stranded away from home at the worst possible time (think Murphy’s Law) and an emergency car kit in your trunk could save your life. SHTF takes over and you’re stuck!

Preppers and survivalists call them “bug out bags” or “Get Out Of Dodge Bags” and FEMA refers to them as a “72 hour kit.” Whatever the name, the supplies in your kit should enable you to hunker down for up to three days with minimal discomfort so that you aren’t tempted to try to get home when it is not safe to do so.

Recall the case of Reginald Denny, the poor trucker who was pulled from his truck and beaten half to death during the Los Angeles Rodney King riots. If an economic collapse happens, or civil unrest for any reason, you don’t want to be in a position where you feel compelled to risk driving home in the thick of it.

Your emergency car kit will enable you to hunker down and stay at work or wherever you find yourself when it all hits the fan. Then you can calmly decide when to make a run for the safety of your home.

Another scenario that preppers and survivalists plan for is either an EMP or a Solar Flare that takes out the power grid and could also take out all electrical circuits – including disabling cars with electronic ignition. In that scenario, we would all be pedestrians and, if you commute more than 20 miles to work, you will have a long hike home.

In this case, a backpack with food and water and means of self-defense and even a backpacking tent would be in order, as you might not be able to hike home in a single day. Whatever the scenario, if you have thought out your emergency car kit and been wise enough to take it to the next level and even do a rehearsal, you will sleep better at night.

How To Prepare For Any Emergency Or Disaster If You Want To Be A Prepper

Hurricane Sandy, the TV show “Doomsday Preppers” and worries about an economic collapse have combined to make the term “prepper” into a household word. It’s no longer just that crazy survivalist guy wearing camouflage and stockpiling guns that is going to be prepared for the next catastrophe; America is undergoing an awakening of the practice of “prepping.”

To a great extent, how to prepare for an emergency, disaster or economic collapse depends upon what you think will happen and how catastrophic it will be. Not everyone is thinking that the world will end or that we will have some sort of a zombie apocalypse.

On the other hand, a record number of people are finally heeding the advice that came from FEMA (the government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency) after the terror attacks of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. If you don’t have a 72 hour kit assembled yourself, then it’s a sure bet that someone you know has one.

If you have a lot of money, and faith in total strangers, then you can just go online and purchase a “72 hour kit” backpack for each member of your family and be done with it. However, that is a very bad idea.

Like the “101 piece first aid kit” you can buy at most big box stores, where 90 pieces of the “deluxe first aid kit” is merely a collection of different sizes of Band-aids, any prefabricated, store-bought emergency kit is going to be less than desirable.

One of the worst things about having an emergency preparedness kit that you didn’t personally assemble is the fact that you may have no idea why some of the items are in it or how to use them.

In order to prepare for any disaster, you have to think through your needs and then mentally rehearse a few different scenarios. The best thing in the world to become better prepared for any disaster or emergency situation is to take a weekend and go camping. See if you can “rough it” without the food processor or microwave and you’ll learn very quickly what is a necessity and what is luxury.

The good news is that the more you practice, the less “stuff” you will really need, as your skills develop and you learn how to do without. It is much better in an emergency situation to be resourceful than to be well-equipped: because the equipment and supplies can run out.

You’ll learn that the priorities are first shelter (and that could be classified as just weather-appropriate clothing, boots, gloves, rain gear, etc) and then water and then food is last, for any emergency.

If the catastrophe happens when you are at home, then you are lucky. If it happens when you are out and about in your car, then preparedness will be the thing that saves you.

Emergency Preparedness Drills Every Prepper Needs To Do To Get Ready For SHTF

The best way to prepare for any disaster or emergency is to rehearse. The Army does rehearsals all the time for combat missions. If you want to be a “Doomsday Prepper” or even if you just want to be prepared to ensure your family is safe when some catastrophe strikes, the best thing to do is rehearse likely scenarios.

A rehearsal, or a “dry run” will teach you exactly what you need to focus on to be totally prepared when the real emergency strikes. Let’s take a look at two scenarios that every prepper should rehearse in order to learn where they have weaknesses in their prepping plans.

Weekend Without Power

One Friday after work, go to your circuit breaker panel and turn off all the electricity in your house and commit to staying without power until Monday morning. This will be a great dry run for when it happens for real.

Doing this drill may help you to realize that even though you have a gas stove, it requires electricity for the burners to light, so having matches or a lighter is a must-have for power outages.

Obviously there are many other things you will discover in your weekend without power, but if you really want to make it valuable, shut off the water too.

Walk Home From Work

What if an EMP or solar flare took out the power grid and electrical circuits like those in your car? Or what if the power grid went down and gas stations were unable to pump gas just when you realized your fuel tank was on empty? Considering how much time we spend at work every week, this is the most likely place we’ll be if we’re not at home when something happens.

This drill will help you to see how you will get home on foot. Not only whether or not you are in good enough shape to walk home in a single day, but what route you should take, what you should take with you, and whether you even have a “get home bag” backpack in your trunk.