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.

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.