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A Car Emergency Supply Kit Can Make All the Difference

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

September 25, 2014

We all know the importance of having an emergency plan and kit in place at home for natural and other types of disasters, yet what about an emergency supply kit for your car?

Having a kit of emergency supplies in each of your family’s vehicles can save you, your family members and even your pets if you become stranded—regardless of the situation.

Consider including the following items when putting your car emergency supply kit together, to keep everyone healthy and safe until help arrives:

  • Jumper cables, as well as flares or reflective triangle
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medications, baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
  • Non-perishable canned food, and protein rich foods like nuts, energy bars
  • Manual can opener
  • At least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days
  • Basic toolkit, including pliers, wrench, screwdriver
  • Pet supplies: food and water
  • Radio: Battery-operated or hand cranked
  • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper (Yes, even in Florida!)
  • Clothes: Pack warm clothes for cool nights, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket, rain gear, extra change of clothes
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Charged cell phone, car charger, extra batteries

For more information on building an emergency supply kit for your car, visit: Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website

Don’t wait for a disaster to happen, make sure your family is prepared for any hazard—especially when traveling in your car. Start building your car emergency supply kit today!

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