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Car Preparedness

Use our car emergency preparedness guide and checklist to ensure that you have the proper emergency plan, kits, and supplies to prepare your car and passengers for an emergency.

Car Emergency Preparedness Guide

There is no place of greater importance to keep a survival kit than your car because of the fact that you are usually located within close proximity of your vehicle at all times and can gain immediate access to emergency supplies in a disaster situation.

Use our car emergency preparedness guide below ensure that you have the proper emergency kits and supplies in your car to prepare you and your loved ones for a disaster:

Car Emergency Preparedness Supplies Checklist

Each of our car emergency preparedness kits comes with a 72 hour supply of US Coast Guard Approved emergency food and water. Each also comes in a durable and easy to carry nylon bag so that it can be easily transported by foot.

Emergency Food

Just keeping preserved food in your car is not enough because most store bought food will not store safely in a car for more than a few months. Each of our emergency car survival kits come with a 3 day supply per person of United States Coast Guard Approved emergency food that will store safely in your car for a minimum of 5 years. We proudly use the ER Bar, a revolutionary emergency food bar designed with the the perfect balance of required nutrients and a non-thirst provoking formula for disaster victims. A 3 day survival supply of emergency food is the minimum survival recommendation and you should maintain a week's supply of emergency food in your vehicle for proper emergency preparedness.

Emergency Water

You should also keep a minimum of 3 days of emergency drinking water in your car emergency kit. However, storing bottled water is not the smartest or cheapest way to store emergency water in your car. Because of the extreme temperatures that occur inside your vehicle, bottled water will store safely for less than 6 months. That is why each of our car survival kits come with Aqua Blox - US Coast Guard Approved, 5-year shelf-life, 3-day supply of emergency water rations. Since water remains the most important survival item to have, each car survival kit also comes with water purification tablets which can be used to purify extra water for drinking without having to carry it in your kit if you have to walk to a safe location.

Emergency Shelter Supplies

If you get stuck in your car or have to travel by foot in the cold, you will need proper emergency shelter supplies. That is why you need emergency shelter supplies in your car emergency preparedness kit. Each of our car survival kits come with the proper shelter supplies including emergency thermal blankets for warmth, ponchos to protect you from the weather, and a tube tent for easy emergency shelter from the elements. Additional recommended emergency home shelter supplies include body warmer pads.

Emergency Lights

If you have to get out of your car and walk to a safe location during or after a disaster, you may be stuck walking at night and the street lights may also be out. Emergency lightsPeople usually know that it is very important to keep emergency lights such as flashlight in their car but often people forget that they also have to replace the batteries every 6 months. That is why our deluxe emergency car survival kits come equipped with an am/fm solar and hand crank radio with lantern light which never needs batteries. This is highly recommended due to the limitations of battery use. Our emergency car survival kits also come with 12 hour emergency lightsticks and emergency flashlights. We also recommend the inclusion of a fluorescent lantern for additional lighting capabilities. Don't forget batteries...save yourself money and trouble in replacing batteries by purchasing our Code Red Batteries with a 20 year shelf life.

Emergency Radios

If you need to travel by foot to a safe location after a disaster, you will need to know where to go. In order to avoid walking into a potentially more dangerous situation, you should keep an emergency radio in your car. Each of our emergency preparedness kits for your car come with emergency radios for listening to emergency broadcasts following a disaster. Our deluxe car survival kits come equipped with an am/fm solar and hand crank powered radio with lantern light which never needs batteries. This emergency radio is highly recommended because regular battery operated emergency radios have many limitations such as the facts that batteries only last for hours and have an extremely limited shelf-life of around 6 months.

Storing Your Car Emergency Kit

In this section you can learn tips about storing your car emergency kit.

Follow these tips on best practices for storing emergency supplies and emergency preparedness kits in your car. It is important to keep these life-saving items in your car because you will easily be able to access them in case of a disaster.

  1. Your emergency car preparedness kit should be contained in an easy to carry bag. Ideally a hands-free style bag will enable you to walk far distances without struggling to carry the kit in your hand. Because the emergency food and water and quite heavy objects, a backpack or fanny pack makes it easy to travel by foot while carrying the survival supplies you need.
  2. Often times people find handy uses for their emergency preparedness kit even before a disaster. They are great for all sorts of unexpected scenarios but it is important to remember to replace the emergency supplies that you use. Otherwise, they won't be there when you really need them.

Customizing Your Car Emergency Kit

Our deluxe car emergency preparedness kits come with all the emergency supplies we recommend for everyone but it is important to also consider the personal items that you should include. We have put together a list of personal supplies you may want to consider including.

We include all of the very essential emergency car supplies within our car survival kits. However, you must not forget to also include valuable personal items for disaster preparation that will greatly help you survive during a time of great emergency. You may be traveling from work in your car when a disaster strikes. As is the case in southern california, many people commute great distances to and from work via complex freeway structures. What people don't realize is that following a major disaster, they must be prepared to travel these great distances by foot. Not only are you going to need the emergency supplies included in Quake Kare,'s Emergency Car Survival Kits (such as the emergency food, water, shelter, lights, radios, first aid, etc.), but they are also going to need to include some of their own personal items. Follow these instructions below to help personalize your car survival kit by adding the following items:

  1. One important personal item to include in your car survival kits is a comfortable pair of old walking shoes. Just throw an old pair of tennis shoes in your trunk with your survival kit and supplies because, as mentioned above, you may have to travel very far distances by foot in order to reach a safe and/or familiar location.
  2. For those people who require the use of contacts or eyeglasses, it is important to keep a spare pair in your survival kit as well. One thing you will certainly need in time of emergency is ability to see hazards.
  3. Many people also require medications or treatments such as insulin. Don't forget to include at least three days worth of your required daily dosages.
  4. The ability to use a telephone and contact family or rescue personnel is essential. In case you do not have a cellular phone or if its battery is dead when you need it most, we recommend that you fill out the Out of State Contact Cards that are included in Quake Kare, Inc's Emergency Car Survival Kits ahead of time. You simply fill out the card with any body's, who lives out of state, contact information. Since local phone lines will mostly be out of service, you can still reach friends/family via a payphone in order to inform them of your safety conditions (don't forget quarters).
  5. And just in case you didn't think of everything, or you get stranded for an extended period, you need to carry an emergency cash reserve in the trunk of your car. About $100 in small denominations could potentially get you out of some scary situations (don't forget...ATM machines will be out of service as well). Open the waterproof storage container by pushing in on the center and prying up on the side edges, inch-by-inch, all the way around.