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11/15/19 03:59 PM Advice on small, "realistic" car emergency kit by albusgrammaticus

Iím putting together a little emergency kit for my wifeís car. Something very compact that will reside permanently in the trunk and could come in handy for a common emergency or inconvenience, like a simple break down or a minor injury. Itís not a BOB or a GHB by any means.

She lacks any sort of mechanical experience and would be hard pressed even in changing a tire (although the car itself has a tire jack, a wrench and a full spare, in case she can get outside help), so I donít see a reason to include any tools to the contents (but feel free to express your dissent if thatís the case).

We live in a suburban area with good cell phone coverage. We have zero chances of being stranded for days in the snow on a mountain road and starve to death, therefore Iím overlooking common ďsurvivalĒ gear and focus instead on items that could help her to safely wait for road assistance to arrive.

My main and most realistic concern is for her to have a break down and be stranded on the side of the road at night, with the danger of being run down by passing vehicles. So Iíve been focusing in covering signaling, visibility and communication.

So far Iíve assembled, in a small red deployment bag:

- LED road flare, the orange disk-shaped kind, with various light and strobe modes. (Chemical road flares are prohibited in my country)
- Reflective blaze orange safety vest.
- WOWTAC A2 flashlight, with the included strap to convert it to a head lamp. Good quality waterproof flashlight with various modes, including strobe.
- Portable battery car jump starter with cables. Itís rechargeable via USB and can double as a power bank to charge USB devices. Can charge a cell phone multiple times (USB charging cable included).
- Pair of work gloves.
- Roll of duct tape (always handy! grin )
- Medium sized SAK.
- Basic FAK with band aids, gauze pads, bandages, EMT shears, alcohol swabs and painkillers.

Aside from the contents of bag, she always dresses for the weather and keeps an army surplus wool blanket in the trunk.

Any suggestions on changes and additions to the list are most welcome!

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11/09/19 03:24 AM New Technology by hikermor

Just ran into this in between shocks:

Not in common use at the present, but perhaps in the future this will be commonplace

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11/08/19 06:31 PM Also, that's probably too much paracord... by teacher

I've seen kits with 50-100' of paracord.

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11/08/19 02:42 PM Water Treatment by pforeman

Ran across this referenced at another site...


I'm still digging through it but it looks to have some good food for thought.

Paul -

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11/07/19 07:06 PM EQ update by hikermor

This morning we have been experiencing some small shocks, at least four. Two of the largest register mag 3+ and are shown on the current USGS EQ map. Mrs. H and I have conferred about what this might portend and are we ready. We are as ready as we will ever be and so activities continue as planned.

These shocks could be the classic foreshocks that often precede a big event, or they could not be. Only time will tell.

Life on the West Coast is rarely dull.

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