It is simply not fun when the lights go out or the car breaks down in the middle of the night. There's no reason to laugh when you are lost on the trail or stuck in a room with coughing people. It's no joke when you don't have water or first aid supplies and you have no way to summon help.
Fortunately, you can prepare for emergencies and disasters. According to Homeland Security a basic emergency kit should include one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days and at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Include a can opener to open tinned food. You'll need a flashlight and battery-powered radio and extra batteries for both. Include a first aid kit and a whistle to signal for help. A dust mask will help filter contaminated air and moist towelettes and garbage bags will help with sanitation. Bring your cell phone and charger. Throw in local maps and a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
Homeland Security suggests aiding a few more items to your kit. Include matches in a waterproof container, warm bedding for each person in your group, important family documents, a fire extinguisher, and money. If you include household chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper, you have both a disinfectant and a way to treat water.
Be sure to bring any prescription medications, glasses, and medical supplies. Of course you will need food and water and a mess kit. Paper and pencil and books, games, and puzzles will help you pass the time.
You can pull all the essentials together or purchase an emergency kit and add your own personal extras. A pre-assembled road emergency kit has a high calorie food bar, a high intensity light stick, an auto spot light, jumper cables, a tow rope, first air supplies, flashlight with batteries, fire extinguisher, solar sleeping bag, waterproof poncho, pocket knife, flat tire fixer, drinking water, leather gloves, whistle, duct tape, wet naps, hand cleaner, help sign, and emergency instructions. If that sounds like an awful lot, just think about the travelers who slid off a main road and died within yards of the highway because they had no emergency supplies. And remember, these emergency supplies may not be just for you and your vehicle; you never know when you'll be called upon to help someone else.
If you have a dog, you certainly want to keep you pet safe in all situations. It can be very hard to keep track of your animal at night or in dense fog or rain. The Coleman motion activated dog tag has a super bright LED light that lights up and flashes when your pet moves. The water resistant tag includes a pet ID tag. Another way to keep an eye on your dog is with a lighted collar. The collar has a yellow reflector and lights up red when it's activated. The weather resistant collar is visible up to one mile at night.
These are just a few of the many different types of emergency kits available for all different types of situation. Don't be caught unprepared in an emergency!
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