Emergency Car Kit: The Basics

In the Southeast, early 2014 will be remembered for “Snowmageddon,” when the Atlanta region experienced traffic gridlock as snow turned to ice on the roads. 

So for 2015, whether we have snowy gridlock again or not, now is the time to get prepared with an emergency kit in your car, van or truck.

Store these items in a box or bag inside the passenger compartment of your vehicle. (That way, if your trunk freezes shut, or you’re in a less-than-safe place you can access the items from inside the vehicle):

  • Flashlight (reverse the batteries inside the flashlight so they don’t accidentally get turned on and burn out)
  • Extra batteries for the flashlight
  • Blanket
  • Snacks, like energy bars or boxes of dried fruit
  • Water
  • Warm gloves
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm hat
  • Warm socks
  • First-aid kit
  • Ice scraper
  • Car charger for your cell phone
  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares
  • Small shovel
  • Road salt, sand or cat litter for traction
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Brightly-colored flag (tie on your antenna or hang out the window to show you need help)
  • Paper and pencil to write down your name, address, phone number and destination. If you have to abandon your vehicle, put this in the window so emergency crews will know no one is sheltering inside.

In addition, throughout the winter keep your fuel tank at least half full so there’s less risk of running out of fuel in the midst of a winter storm.

Want to be prepared for anything? Read “In Case of Emergency…Be Ready for Anything” in our Health (e) Library.

How Gwinnett Medical Center Can Help
While we hope you’ll never need our Emergency Departments or Children’s Emergency Center, we’re open to care for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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