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Auto Emergency Kit

It is important to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times.

All Year Items

  • Cell phone. This is probably the most important item in your kit.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Lighter and waterproof matches
  • Non-perishable food. Try to have items on hand, such as high-energy protein bars or a nut and raisin trail mix
  • First Aid Kit
  • Spare tire and tools to change a flat tire
  • Jumper cables
  • Warning devices, such as flares or reflective triangles
  • Compass and atlas/map in case GPS is not available or working
  • Necessary medication
  • Plastic bag for sanitation
  • Small tool kit that includes such items as pliers, wrench, screwdriver, pocket knife
  • Extra quart of oil
  • Emergency cash (about $20)
  • Emergency contact list in the event that you are unable to provide that information
  • Empty gas can

Winter Items suggests the following items be included in your winter emergency kit:

  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered radio and extra batteries
  • Cell phone car charger
  • Water (an empty coffee can and votive candles can be used for melting snow for water)
  • Snack food
  • Matches
  • Extra hats, socks and mittens
  • Blankets
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Tow chain or rope/strap
  • Road salt and sand or cat litter, which can be placed under your tires for better traction
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Fluorescent distress flag

Summer Items

  • Engine coolant
  • Sunscreen for body and lips
  • Sunglasses and a hat
  • Bottled water
  • Plastic trash bags for wind protection
  • Hand cleaner. Dishwashing liquid works well, as it contains a degreaser.


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