A vehicle disaster kit is meant to be portable and sustain
the individual for up to 3 days. It is
meant to allow occupants of the vehicle to survive if the vehicle becomes stuck
in a storm or to take with them if the occupants must abandon the vehicle on
A vehicle disaster kit should be in a duffle bag or
backpack. A vehicle kit should contain at a minimum:
- A blanket (mylar emergency blankets are the best solution,
they are small, lightweight and inexpensive, you can have easily have at least
one mylar emergency blanket for each potential passenger in the vehicle).
- A pair of comfortable closed toe shoes for walking (in case
you need to abandon the vehicle on foot and wearing inappropriate footwear)
- A flashlight
- Over the counter analgesics (e.g. Motrin, Ibuprofen, etc.)
- Small individual first aid kit or supplies (e.g. adhesive
bandages, antiseptic wipes, etc.)
- 3 days’ worth of food and water (US Coast Guard approved
emergency rations are a perfect solution for this, they are small and have up
to a 5 year shelf life)
- Writing paper along with pens or pencils
Don’t wait, start to put a kit together today!
NOTE: If you are stuck in a storm, it is best to remain with
the vehicle until help arrives; attempting to leave the vehicle in a storm is
dangerous and should only be a last resort.