Never knowing where you might be going from one day to the next makes having the right survival kit in place critical.
Truckers are good about having flashlights, batteries, first-aid kit, etc. on board at all times. But the challenge of being stranded because of either the actual storms or the aftermath expands the list of necessities.
- A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and ready-to-eat canned goods, such as tuna fish, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruit, juice boxes, etc. Please remember that you want to replace stored water and food every six months.
- A battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
- A manual can opener.
- Copies of important documents, including birth certificates, insurance policies and social security cards. Your original documents should be secured in a locked box or safety deposit box.
- Comfortable clothing and footwear.
- One blanket or sleeping bag per person.
- A first aid kit, including prescription medicines.
- Emergency tools, including tools to turn off utilities.
- An extra set of keys.
- Cash and credit cards.
- An extra pair of glasses or contact lenses.
- An up-to-date, detailed map of the state/area.
- Phone numbers of emergency assistance agencies.
- Don’t forget your furry cab mate; pack extra pet food and supplies.