Your Car as an Emergency Shelter

Your Car as an Emergency Shelter


Most of the time when we think of evacuating in an emergency we imagine ourselves at home with at least a few minutes to grab the essentials. However, that’s not always the case. You may be at work or traveling when disaster strikes, preventing you from getting home. In this case it makes sense to keep a small emergency kit in the car in case your car temporarily becomes “home” in an emergency.

It would be easy to load up the trunk with everything conceivable for a variety of situations. However, your car kit should be small, portable and designed to get you through 48 hours of basic necessities. If you live in colder climates, your winter car kit would be a little different and would be designed to keep you alive if you’re stranded. However, your basic car kit is designed to keep you safe and comfortable if you’re prevented from getting home, can’t get a hotel room or are stuck in a city that has lost power for an extended period of time.

Keep your gas tank half full (you’ll have a handy generator and access to emergency updates).
Invest in a 4-Way Charger that comes with adaptors for all major types of electronic devices. These chargers can plug into a wall, your car, a USB port or a 9-volt battery and can charge phones, computers and tablets.

  • A complete change of warm clothes
  • Umbrella or rain jacket
  • Basic first aid kit and pain reliever
  • Blanket
  • 48 hours of dehydrated food
  • Water bottle with built in purifier
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Flashlight
  • Handi-wipes an antibacterial wipes (for personal hygiene)
  • 48 gallon trash bag or plastic drop cloth (for shelter or personal hygiene)
  • List of emergency numbers
  • Deck of cards or paperback book
  • $50 cash in $5 denominations (your credit card could be useless)

In these kinds of situations, it’s likely you’re going to be stranded with a lot of other people. Think about including something to share or barter with such as a card game, an extra book, dry sweatshirt or dehydrated food. Goodwill goes a long way, as does $50 in cash, and it doesn’t hurt to be useful to the group that landed the last hotel room in the city.

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