Posted by Avi Goldstein on 17th Apr 2014
A Checklist for Putting Together the Ultimate Emergency Survival Kit
Being prepared for the unexpected in an emergency situation can often mean the difference between life and death. The key is to know exactly which items to have with you always. Let’s focus on emergency kit supplies to be kept in your vehicle, but these are multifunctional and can be used in numerous other survival situations.
Most people carry some form of an auto emergency kit in their vehicles; however, these often contain only basic first aid supplies, jumper cables and, more often than not, are kept in inaccessible spaces - such as the trunk of your car. In order to be better prepared to survive serious incidents there are several factors to consider when compiling your own ultimate auto emergency kit.
First Aid Emergencies
Whether you need to perform first aid on yourself, your passengers or you happen to be a first responder to an accident that you may witness; here are the essential first aid items that should be included in your kit:
- 2 pairs of Nitrile gloves
- 2 4X4 gauze pads
- 2 large adhesive bandages
- 10 regular sized adhesive bandages
- 4 roller gauze packages
- 1 latex elastic bandages
- 2 instant ice packs
- 4 alcohol prep pads
- 1 roll of medical tape
- 1 triangular bandage with 2 safety pins
- 2 tubes of antibiotic ointment
- 1 pair of tweezers
In addition to first aid emergencies, vehicular events require immediate action. Vehicle rollovers or your vehicle plunging into a body of water require you to act fast to release yourself, as well as other passengers, and exit the vehicle safely. When the vehicle rests in any other position than upright, removing your seatbelt and exiting the vehicle may become very difficult, due to locked belts and jammed doors. This is often an overlooked area to prepare for.
StatGear offers a multi-tool that should be kept in every vehicle – T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool . This tool is equipped with an LED light (with replacement batteries), a stainless steel serrated blade (to easily cut through seat belt material) and a spring loaded steel tip window punch. The car windows are made with tempered glass, which is very strong and designed to withstand a lot of force, making them very difficult to break without assistance.
There are also mechanical failures and accidents that may leave you stranded, for long periods of time or in severe weather. Having the following items will help ensure that you are visible and help you in sustaining yourself for an extended period of time:
- üGlow sticks
- ü1-2 bottles of emergency drinking water
- üThermal blanket
Emergency Kit Placement
The last thought to consider is the placement of your emergency kit. All this planning is futile if your emergency kit is inaccessible. Therefore, place the kit within arm’s reach of the driver or passenger seat.
As comprehensive as this list is, you don’t need to purchase each item individually. StatGear.com carries a substantive auto survival kit that includes the majority of these items. Designed by a paramedic, StatGear aims to supply innovative survival tools which are used by many survival/rescue industries all over the world. These tools are proven to save lives, have them in your car to save yours.