Be prepared: The Boy Scout approach

| 8/26/2011

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.