Emergency Preparedness: Car Kits

by Sandy Riggs and Bev Qualheim

No one likes to think there will ever be a need for emergency provisions while out in the car on a road trip.  Unfortunately, sometimes the unexpected happens.  You're stuck in a snow storm or your car has mechanical problems.  It's at times like these, you'll be glad that you've prepared ahead.

Listed here are some items that are good to have with you in the event of an emergency while traveling in the car.  These are suggestions; you may think of other items pertinent to your particular situation and area in which you live.

It is strongly suggested that every parent or care giver learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and basic first aid skills in the event of a medical emergency.  Your local hospital or fire station may offer free courses.  The American Red Cross offers both CPR and first aid classes for a small fee. You should basic First Aid and keep a First Aid kit in your car of course!

Being prepared can make a big difference in even the least serious of emergency situations.  In some cases, it can mean the difference between life and death.  Be prepared!

*Syrup of ipecac is used to induce vomiting and should be used only with the advice of a physician or your local Poison Control professional.  Be sure to include your physician and Poison Control phone numbers in your list of emergency phone numbers.  Also, syrup of ipecac does need to be replaced.  Check the expiration date on the bottle and replace before expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.

** Remember to rotate car kit items so that they are fresh and able to be of use when they are needed.  Keep in mind that extreme changes in temperatures will effect the freshness of food items so they must be rotated often.