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Hurricane Names 2016, Emergency Supplies, Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane Names 2016, Emergency Supplies, Disaster Preparedness

It is hurricane season, so it is prudent to have a disaster plan, disaster preparations, emergency supplies that are ready to grab and go, and a prearranged inland location to meet family and group members if an evacuation become inevitable.

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Skiff washed ashore during hurricane.

Disaster PlanDecide where to meet, include written contacts, phone numbers, and other information in your ready to go kit. This information must in writing, because the hurricane’s damage, combined with the personal shock of the disaster, could cause a temporary memory loss. Cell phones may be lost, stolen, damaged, or unable to acquire a signal. There is much to consider when making a disaster plan. You can get more information at FEMA.gov Family Emergency Communication Plan

Disaster Preparations – Have an emergency survival kit that includes food, water and emergency supplies pre-packed and ready to go at short notice. Pack what is necessary to sustain each person for a minimum of three days and up to two weeks. Each member of your family also should have their own emergency survival kit. Keep the emergency kits or grab and go bags manageable in weight. For more information click on Planning, Preparing, Procurement and Providing. When there, scroll down to the Table of Contents for more specific topics.

How Hurricanes are Named

The National Hurricane Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration use a rotating list of 21 names per year, for six years, to identify hurricanes. Each year has its own set of names and is reused again in six years. The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity (Tropical Cyclone Names, National Hurricane Center). For example, Hurricane Sandy’s name is retired.

2016 Storm Names

Alex Fiona Karl Paula
Bonnie Gaston Lisa Richard
Colin Hermine Matthew Shary
Danielle Ian Nicole Tobias
Earl Julia Otto Virginie             Walter

When there are more than 21 named storms, the Greek alphabet is used.

Storm News

Fiona and Gaston are currently making their way across the Atlantic. This makes seven named storms this year. Hurricanes have strong winds, storm surges, hail, torrential rains, and lightning. They can produce tornados, flooding and wide spread damage. They create dangerous conditions after they pass too, such as injuries, spreading of diseases, mold, destruction of personal and Stormy Seashorebusiness property, and the contamination of drinking water and food supplies.

Shock, confusion and chaos are common after a major catastrophic event such as a hurricane or a tornado. Becoming separated people worry anxiously about their absent loved ones. FEMA, the Red Cross, the CDC and the Emergency Disaster Preparedness industry all recommend having an emergency preparedness plan and supplies and provisions of food and water.

Before a Storm Approaches

PLAN ahead have a written list of phone numbers so you can communicate with your family. Put this list in a waterproof container and put it in your survival kits. Remember to text instead of talk. The reason is that talking takes up more phone time and jams the systems. Have a pre-arranged meeting place. If you or a family member become separated and or lose phone service, your loved ones can meet you at this location. (Family Emergency Communication Plan)

PREPARE an emergency kit or survival kit for each family member. The essential contents of the emergency kit will contain many items; it could be beneficial if there is duplication of some items. For a list of recommended contents click here.

Provide enough food, water and supplies for a disaster for at least three days and up to two weeks. It is highly recommended to have a week or two weeks’ worth of long-term food and water. Once the power goes out, food will spoil rapidly.

Contaminated water will ruin your boxes of food. Having canned goods will be too heavy to take with you if you must evacuate. A family of four requires 84 meals per week (3 meals per day x 4 people x 7 days).

Water weighs about eight pounds per gallon and takes up a lot of space. For example, a family of four using one gallon of water per person, per day, will consume 28 gallons of water per week.

One practical solution is to have lightweight, dehydrated or freeze-dried USDA quality food, which is contained in Mylar pouches and further protected by food grade plastic buckets. Long-term food can have a shelf life from five to 25 years. A variety of foods exists from breakfasts, lunches and dinners to desserts and drinks. Some varieties can be cooked in the pouch with serving sizes as small as two servings per pouch.

Water, is a necessity for life, and while lugging 28 gallons of water from place to place may not be practical, carrying a few bottles of water and having a lightweight portable water filtration or water purification system with you is. Have water bottles or lightweight water packets with your supplies. Flooding and power outages may make water unsuitable to drink. Municipal water sources may be contaminated. Therefor it is in your best interests to have your own supply of water and a backup water filtration or a water purification system.

Visit Just Us Enterprises for all your emergency, disaster, preparedness and outdoor supplies. We provide links to reputable disaster agencies and closely follow or exceed their recommendations.

Reflections – Just Us Enterprises

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Windswept Snow – Just Us Enterprises

During this holiday season, we reflect on the events of the year as we prepare for the season of giving. Our thoughts try to drum out the avalanche of bad news as we gather for the feasts of family and friends. We cannot help but ponder how terrible the events of the world are affecting us. You might be thinking of Paris or San Bernardino, or a loved one who has befallen hard times or became ill with a dreaded illness. Those of us, who moved beyond the immediate reach of a couple of hours ride, wonder how those that we left behind are doing.

Yes, we have Facebook and Skype, Twitter and the old-fashioned voice by phone, but the personal eye-to-eye contact, the almost imperceptible nuances of body language, and the inflections of each individual’s character is lost in this greatly changing world of the internet.  We have become glued to a machine, some of us now talk to our phones and computers, and sadly, the machine takes up most of our time. You can see your grandson or child, but you cannot put your arms around them, nor can you stop them from injury, but you can watch as they hug the puppy or drop the glass of milk and step barefoot on the shattered glass on the floor. The point is, the personal touch is missing and that personal touch is the feeling you have when you hold someone’s hand or give a hug. When was the last time you hugged your computer? You may have given the image of a person a smooch, but not directly to the person to whom it was intended. The computer could care less.

Images of people we associate with are not the only ones on the internet. We also have muggers, rapists, thieves and of course, terrorists. The computer is full of politicians, uncouth scoundrels and enough porn and solicitations to corrupt (possibly) the Pope himself. Our financial system relies almost entirely on the internet. We are shocked at the number and frequency of fraud, credit card thieves and stolen identities, but we continue to do business as usual. Hoping that we are not the next victims. My Father once told me “No matter how much you have, someone will always have more. Be satisfied with what you have, but always strive to be better, because good comes to good.” With that statement he added, “I worked hard all my life, I may not have much but I have what I need. I have the love of my family.”

Life’s lessons taught us the value of my Dad’s words. I too, have what I need. The love of the woman who sits beside me gives me the strength to get up every morning with a smile. Our children have blessed our lives with children of their own. Our thoughts are with our family, our friends old and new, and to those we do not even know, but try to help them to the best of our ability. When we were younger, we did not prepare ourselves for the events of our lives that shaped our fate. We did not expect illness, financial woes or disaster to affect our future, but it did. We were not prepared for the unexpected but it happened.

Unprepared. We learned, the hard way. We have endured our emergencies and disasters so we decided to help others be prepared for disasters, emergencies and crises. That is how our business, Just Us Enterprises got its name. Just Us, resonates our response to the wickedness and disasters that are occurring more and more frequently. People, make up the only species that we know of, which uses intelligence for the betterment or the detriment of themselves, that group of people is us. Just us!

Just Us Enterprises started out as a family business, and now we are including all Americans in our name – Just Us Enterprises. Just Us also is similar to “Justice,” also in our motto -” Justice in Quality, Fairness in Price.” This is who we are, a family business built on integrity, with moral values that loves and cares for others. We want to help people prepare for the unpredictable future because being prepared could save a life, maybe your own. Your own emergency disaster preparedness is the key to survival, and your survival depends on how well prepared you are. The government recommends what people should have in preparation for a disaster and we provide those essentials. We offer over 250 emergency and disaster products, supplies and provisions in addition to survival kits, food and water purification systems, therefore we add Emergency Disaster Preparedness to our name.

We are grateful to all of those who have helped us in the past, we are thankful to our valued customers throughout the country from Oregon to Florida, Ohio to Texas and everyone in between. We wish, hope and pray that all Americans will have a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,

Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness

“It’s For Both of Us” | Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness

The Emergency Preparedness/Fire Prevention Fair held at the Gus Canty Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014 was a great success. Representatives from many first responder and emergency preparedness organizations were on hand. However, bringing emergency disaster preparedness to the forefront of everyone’s mind is a daunting task. Everyone apparently agrees emergency disaster preparedness is not only a good idea, but could also be the sole means of survival during a catastrophic event.

The Emergency Preparedness/Fire Prevention Fair brought in young and old alike. Among our many visitors at our booth, a Boy Scout inquired about our survival food, and a kind, well-spoken, elderly woman (she obviously was in her eighties), showed genuine interest in our best selling, complete 2 Person Elite Survival Kit.

Just Us Enterprises 2 Person Elite Survival Kit
Just Us Enterprises
2 Person Elite Survival Kit

When it was explained these kits come in different styles and for a single person to groups she eloquently replied, “Oh no, sir, this kit appears to have everything in it that I’ll need, it is for both of us.” Apparently, even at her age, she understands the importance of emergency disaster preparedness.


Emergency Disaster Preparedness requires:

Planning

  • Plan ahead for a shelter in place order or for a hasty evacuation.
  • Have a contact list (printed) in every emergency kit, wallet, purse or portable personal bag.
  • Include names, addresses and phone numbers.
  • Include the location(s) where you will meet.
  • Remember to text, not phone as the phone lines may be jammed or down.
  • Have an updated list of prescriptions, and the doctor’s information to make it easier to refill the prescriptions from a distant location, if necessary.
  • Have a primary location as a meeting place and a secondary location for your loved ones to gather, preferably at distant location. For example, if a hurricane strikes, your neighbor’s house is probably not a good idea, however, a friend’s house located 50 miles or more inland would be a safer bet.
  • Include infant formula, baby needs, handicap needs and special needs items.
  • Teach those who do not know how to text, the proper procedure about how to text. Many elderly, handicapped and technologically challenged may not know how.
  • Be ready for a speedy evacuation and practice the evacuation plan.
  • Have copies of important documents, cash and account numbers and passwords stored in a safe accessible place for retrieval from a remote location.
  • Have emergency survival kit(s) packed and ready to go, emergencies, disasters and calamities do not wait until you are ready.
Wireless Emergency Alert   Fact Sheet - FEMA
Wireless Emergency Alert Fact Sheet – FEMA
  • Have a Wireless-Emergency-Alert system activated on your wireless device by a local carrier so that authorized government agencies can alert you of danger. FEMA, the CDC and JUST US ENTERPRISES – Emergency Disaster Preparedness recommend the Wireless Emergency Alert System from the FEMA website. This is a free service and does not charge for texts.
    For a carrier in your area, go to: fema.gov/state-offices-and-agencies-emergency-management

Preparing

  • Yourself, your family, and if possible, contribute to your community with essential food, water, shelter and supplies. The CDC acknowledges that after a disaster strikes, “you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. Take steps now to put together an emergency supply kit.” From the CDC website: (http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/disasters/index.asp).
  • If you cannot assemble an emergency kit, you can purchase a preassembled survival kit from Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness. Our preassembled emergency survival kits come in several styles from a basic single person to our large Preparedness Packages. We also carry emergency preparedness packages for work and school, also known as lockdown kits.

Provided is a list of basic survival kit contents:

  • Be prepared with prepackaged food in air and watertight containers to prevent spoilage and contamination. Have at least 72 hours of non-perishable food ready to go, but it is also recommended to have up to two weeks’ worth of food available.
  • Have bottled water or a water filtration system to remove contaminants from unclean water. Recommended is one gallon per day per person. A quality water filtration and purification system such as the Outback Water Filtration and Purification System manufactured for EmergencyDisasterPreparedness.com and used by government organizations will provide up to 1,800 gallons of water that removes over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and contaminants.
  • Plain Household bleach can be used to disinfect water. Sixteen drops of bleach is enough to purify a gallon of water. Do not use scented bleach, color safe or bleach with added cleaners (Source FEMA Checklist). Bring an eyedropper or medicine dropper if you are going to use this method.
  • Have a portable shelter such as a tent or tarp, tent stakes and rope.
  • Make sure you have a first aid kit; small cuts could cause major infections in a disaster area. Also, have a First Aid Guide if not already in your first aid kit.
  • Have emergency tools and supplies already packed so that you can grab and go.
  • Have basic tools such as a multi-purpose shovel, swiss style knife and a wrench or pliers.
  • Have extra fuel for heating and cooking.
  • Have a change of clothing and footwear and always have warm comfortable clothes ready to go.
  • Have a way to keep warm such as extra blanket(s) in the car or with the survival kit.
  • Have a hand crank or battery powered radio (include plenty of extra batteries) to receive weather and information. We provide a hand crank flashlight radio that includes a USB cable for recharging your cell phone.
  • Have flatware, plastic plates or a mess kit, pot for heating food, fire starter, waterproof matches or matches in a waterproof container and a hand operated can opener.
  • Bring toilet paper, paper towels and plastic bags for waste and wet clothes.
  • Emergency cash, you will not be able to make electronic transactions when the power is out, and any supplies will be costly.
  • A source of lighting such as a 30 hour candle, flashlight or light sticks.
  • Bring a hygiene kit with soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor and feminine products; sanitary pads can also double as a bandage for large wounds.

Readiness

  • Gather everything that we listed or purchase a readymade quality survival kit designed using government and preparedness recommendations such as those that we provide, do not forget to add your personal items such as the contact lists, medications, cash and clothing.
  • Put the completed kit in or near a closet near a door leading to the outside.
  • Practice an emergency situation with your family.
  • Remember to keep your survival kit as light as possible, freeze-dried food for example is lightweight, easy to prepare and space saving.

    Help FlagFor more information on how to prepare for an emergency or for emergency products and supplies, contact Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness. We strictly follow guidelines from FEMA, the CDC, the American Red Cross and the Emergency Preparedness industry. Just Us Enterprises is a BBB Accredited business located in FEMA Region 1 and providing services across the U.S.A.

SOMETHING ABOUT THE FALL; HIKING, LEAF PEEPING | JUST US ENTERPRISES

SOMETHING ABOUT THE FALL; HIKING, LEAF PEEPING | JUST US ENTERPRISES

 This colorful season warns us to be prepared.

LeavesFall is upon us. The crisp chill of the morning air, the dew on the grass and the colorful changing of leaves are all signs of change. Like spring, autumn is a transition month. Spring shakes off the cold and displays the wonders of life. September and October splashes us with warm days of the summer past and warns us of the impending cold winter days ahead.

Hiking thru the woods, truly tests your ability for observation and survival. Autumn, with warm days and cool nights, is an ideal time for a woodsy trek or for braving the concrete jungle (especially when waiting in line for that newest must have technology). The sky usually has less humidity creating a clearer view of the night sky. An early morning hike can become a hiker’s epiphany as the sun breaks thru the tall magnificent trees, dazzling the observer with colors beyond compare. Oak Leaves & AcornsBeyond the trees, the sun  exposes the mountains behind them in a greyish-blue fog that only distance can create. A hiker can smell the freshly fallen foliage and hear the subtle sounds of the forest. Peaceful. Listen intently to the birds, the scurrying of the woodland critters and the rustle of branches, it appears the forest is alive. But, you cannot see it. Nature is preparing for winter right in front of the spectator. Anyone can hear the forest’s noises, taste the berries, touch the foliage, smell the forest smell but only glimpse the activity. A deer, turkey, fox or other animal are only seen briefly before they dart off. A chipmunk zips across your path with a mouth full of acorns, but nature is already hard at work preparing for winter. The absolute wonder of nature is unseen, even before the hiker’s eyes.

New England Fall
New England Fall

The entrance to the woods has an opening that shows the majestic trees displaying, in elegant grandeur, their rainbow of colors. A deer off to the left darts into the forest. Entering the woods, deer paths are many and confusing, a compass and a map is a must have because they do not require batteries, and they are lighter than a cell phone. Dress appropriately, wear long pants, and comfortable hiking boots. Ticks and poison ivy are not enjoyable. Some types of wasps nest underground so, if you are allergic to wasps, bring your allergy medicine and remember to bring any other medications. Put the appropriate doses of all medications with your first aid kit.

 

A word of advice, when you plan, prepare, pack and proceed, take along a survival kit (View the Hunter’s Survival Kit) that is properly equipped for the number of days and meals you expect to be hiking for. Carry additional food and water or a water filtration and purification system, just in case an injury or other event prolongs your stay on the mountainside or urban setting. The planning for a successful hike includes packing a well-made quality hiker’s backpack. The backpack takes the abuse of the trail, well, your body does too, but the backpack needs to protect your survival gear. In addition to the aggressive tree limbs trying to tear it off your back, the backpack is repeatedly dropped, thrown on the ground, kicked, and used as a pillow. It holds your entire survival collection and the backpack is the key to survival if it is properly equipped.

Survival kits vary in contents, durability and quality. Our best-selling Elite Survival Kit is similar to the Hunter’s (camo) Survival Kit, with a notable exception, the Elite multi-pocket backpack is red and grey with black trim, and some of the contents may differ View Elite Survival Kits. All of our survival kits were designed using advice from experts in the emergency preparedness industry. They follow guidelines given by government agencies and non-profit preparedness organizations.

Ideally, the first aid kit must be lightweight, contain at least basic medical supplies and contain enoughOak Leaves and Acorns (2) bandages to redress a wound. A first aid kit should include bandages for cuts and scrapes; gauze pads, for larger wounds; adhesive tape; alcohol pads; and an elastic bandage for sprains. The longer the hike, the more comprehensive the first aid kit should be, within reason of course.

The colored leaves that filter the sun will soon fall, and the acorns will pummel around the hiker, but sitting on a log, and observing nature as it prepares for winter should remind us that we too, need to prepare for the coming winter. Even if you are not a hiker or a hunter, you are, by nature a survivalist. Therefore, you need to prepare yourself for an emergency or a disaster.

FEMA, the American Red Cross and Just Us Enterprises all recommend, at minimum, a 72-hour survival kit. However, a two-week supply of food, water, first aid and supplies is strongly suggested. Ice storms and other disasters have shut down power for days to weeks at a time. A home survival kit will keep the essential emergency items accessible, together and ready to go. Like the squirrels gathering their acorns, survival kits and Preparedness Packages will help ensure that emergency supplies are gathered together for future use, but unlike the squirrel’s acorns, these supplies come in backpacks and bags for the ease of transportation.

Leaf peeping season is a reminder to prepare for the cold weather and winter storms. Just as hikers prepare their backpacks to enjoy nature’s beauty, we all must prepare for an emergency or disaster. Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness provides quality products for hikers, first responders, OEM, homeowners, contractors, and schools with survival kits, preparedness packages, auto emergency kits and more.

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Hurricane Names for 2014 | Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane Names

The National Hurricane Center has named hurricanes since 1953, and the World Meteorological Organization under strict

procedures, maintains the hurricane name lists.

Have you ever wondered why you seem to see the same names given to hurricanes? There are six lists of names, one name per storm per year with the names of each storm repeating on each list every sixth year. This means we will see “Arthur” again in 2020.The Greek alphabet follows if there are more storms than pre-named storms. These lists are recycled over a six-year period unless there is a catastrophic event. If significant damage or death occurs, the hurricane name is retired. This is the only time the lists are modified.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has the authority to remove the name(s) from the list and replace it with another.

2014 Atlantic Hurricane Names

Arthur   Bertha   Cristobal   Dolly   Edouard   Fay   Gonzalo   Hanna   Isaias   Josephine   Kyle   Laura   Marco   Nana   Omar   Paulette   Rene   Sally   Teddy   Vicky   Wilfred


2014 Eastern North Pacific Names

  Amanda   Boris   Cristina   Douglas   Elida   Fausto    Genevieve   Hernan   Iselle   Julio   Karina   Lowell   Marie   Norbert   Odile   Polo   Rachel   Simon   Trudy   Vance   Winnie   Xavier   Yolanda   Zeke


Listed below are the names of hurricanes that were retired since 2004

Retired Hurricane Names since 2004, (total 20):

2004
Charley
Frances
Ivan
Jeanne
2005
Dennis
Katrina
Rita
Stan
Wilma
2006 2007
Dean
Felix
Noel
2008
Gustav
Ike
Paloma
2009
2010
Igor
Tomas
2011
Irene
2012
Sandy
2013
Ingrid
2014

Source http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames_history.shtml

1994 to 2004 retired another 20 names; however, the prior 10 years, 1984 to 1994 only had 9 retired storms.

The records show in the last twenty years, 40 named storms were retired from use. Devastation from these storms took their toll on lives and property. Many victims were unprepared for the violent rain, wind, hail and water. Many others were not prepared to survive after the hurricane hit. Your own Emergency Disaster Preparedness is the key to survival, and your survival depends on how well prepared you are.

Prepare yourself and your family with emergency disaster preparedness products, such as the Hurricane Emergency Kit, Hurricane Emergency Kit that are made in the U.S.A. and designed using advice by government agencies, and preparedness organizations. Just Us Enterprises, the Emergency Disaster Preparedness company is a BBB Accredited business catering to homeowners, government agencies, emergency management agencies, preppers, campers and survivalists.

Fast Facts |Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness

Happy 4th of July America

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Courtesy TheSuperCars.org

Here are some interesting fast facts:

Who is the fastest Runner?

  • In only 3:43.13, Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj ran the mile on July 7 1999. (Rosenbaum, 2014)

What is a jet’s takeoff speed?

  • This is a complex issue because of the many factors involved. For example, the size of the aircraft, the takeoff weight of the aircraft including the cargo or passengers, the pilot, and the mechanics of the vessel such as the high lift flaps and slats. Depending on these and other factors, research has shown the average takeoff speed is 160 to 180 mph. However, the range varies between 130 to 225 mph to take off. (Airliner Takeoff Speeds, 2002) So, the answer is “it depends.”

What was the fastest recorded wind speed?

  • In 1934, Mount Washington, New Hampshire recorded wind speed at 231 mph.

What is the fastest recorded hurricane wind speed?

What is the World’s Fastest Car?

What is the Fastest Train?

  • The world’s fastest train is located in China, is the Shangai Maglev Train, with a recorded top speed of 311 mph. but its top operating speed is 268 mph. (Gross, Doug CNN, 2014)

What is the fastest tornado wind speed?

 

These very interesting facts of speed indicate that no matter the mode of transportation, airplane, car, or train, you may not be able to out run a tornado, wildfire or other disaster. How fast are you able to prepare for an emergency? Do you have the proper supplies?

Ironically, I am writing this while Hurricane Arthur is outside bending trees and flooding streets, but that is another story about preparing for a major storm.

Just a reminder, your own Emergency Disaster Preparednessis the key to survival, and your survival depends on how well prepared you are. If you need help with an emergency disaster preparedness product, or emergency disaster preparedness planning, just contact us.

Just Us Enterprises the Emergency Disaster Preparedness company.

 

Auto Emergency Kits and Summer Travel – Just Us Enterprises

Auto Emergency Kits and Summer Travel – Just Us Enterprises

Summer finally returned, and with it comes bar-be-ques, fireworks, the beach, camping and road trips. Going camping requires gathering the shorts, bathing suits, sleeping bags, cooking utensils, the tent or RV, and a whole host of other supplies and necessities to make your summer experience as pleasant as possible. When you go camping, as most campers know from experience, many preparations begin long before the first cooler is placed in the car. Camping, once there, whether it is in a tube tent or a 60-foot land ship with slide outs is a wonderful experience. Getting from home to your destination, or back, however can be stressful.

This summer as you check your list(s) before you start the car or RV, consider the contents of the car or RV. Ok, you packed the grill, the favorite book, GPS, and extra water. You took the final head count and made sure all the kids, pets and dog bowls are…somewhere in the vehicle. You even managed to remember a great CD for the long tenuous ride ahead. Your summer excursion is about to begin. That is what you think. Your automobile, is as tired of this past winter’s long duration as the kids are about school. The ice, snow, road salt and chemicals have taken their toll on the exterior of the vehicle. No problem, a good washing will get rid of the dirt and pollen. Good to go, right? Nope. Your body needs water and food for fuel. Your car needs an oil change; check the air in the tires, check the belts, windshield washer, and a good going over under the hood. I am not an auto mechanic, therefor I am not an expert in everything my mechanic does. I may look under the hood and say, “Yup! Engines still there!” but beyond that, I am fortunate that I know the battery from the exhaust pipe. Sure, I maintain the fluids, but that is not enough. Do not make the mistake of putting antifreeze in your windshield washer dispenser, or let little Johnny fill up the gas tank with the garden hose! I am a firm believer in maintenance, but as with anything man-made, your transportation will eventually breakdown.

Normally, vehicle breakdowns seem to occur at the most inopportune times, for example, during a thunderstorm, or a 13-mile backup to a favorite location, or while it is dark. How many times have you driven past people with all their stuff on the ground on the side of the road? Were you one of them? Preparing your vehicle for the summer trip will give you peace of mind, provide your passengers with an added level of security, and it probably will not be the trip memorialized as the trip that never left town. Even if you take all of these recommended precautions, there is still the possibility that your car, truck or RV will breakdown. Some people have roadside service, a great thing to have, except during that 90 degree summer day when the car broke down while the windows were up, because the air conditioner was on, and now without power you cannot roll them down. Now the waiting for roadside service begins. It could be hours before help arrives, and you may need a flashlight to signal for help, or water or even some basic hand tools.

The solution is to have an auto emergency kit in the car. Auto kit contents vary widely, so be cautious to purchase an auto emergency kit that will contain the items you think are the best for your situation. Ready.gov Emergency Car Kit (FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency) recommends keeping an auto emergency kit in your car. Direct from their site, here is their list of the recommended contents of an auto emergency kit.

  • Jumper cables: might want to include flares or reflective triangle
  • Flashlights: with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit: remember any necessary medications, baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
  • Food: non-perishable food such as canned food, and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars
  • Manual can opener
  • Water: at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days
  • Basic toolkit: pliers, wrench, screwdriver
  • Pet supplies: food and water  
  • Radio: battery or hand cranked
  • Cat litter or sand: for better tire traction
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper
  • Clothes: warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Charged Cell Phone: and car charger
Ultimate Auto Emergency Kit
Ultimate Auto Emergency Kit

 

Just Us Enterprises, the Emergency Disaster Preparedness company, provides three different styles of Auto Emergency Kits, a Basic Auto Kit, and Ultimate Auto Kit, and a Family (4-person) Auto Kit. Have a safe journey, wherever you go, and be prepared for life’s unexpected potholes.