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What to Include When Building an Emergency Supply Kit

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Red safety kit with a white and red emergency symbol Emergency Kit

Storm season is fast approaching and we all must be prepared. It was not that long ago, just in 2016, that South Manteca was in jeopardy of widespread evacuations due to the San Joaquin River threatening to break the banks of the local region. Before a storm strikes prepare yourself at home, at the job site, and even in your vehicle. 

Home and Work

Loss of heat, power, phone, and shortage of supplies are your main concerns in a storm. You need at least a few day supplies of the following: 

  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Water
  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Pet Food
  • First-aid supplies
  • Heating Fuel
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke alarm
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Generator
  • Food that doesn’t require refrigeration
  • Heat sources such as a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater 


Fully check the following to ensure your car is winterized before the winter season begins.

  • Check fluid levels
  • Ensure lights work properly
  • Make sure your heater works
  • Test windshield wipers
  • Keep gas tanks near full

Keeping your gas tanks near full will assist if you must make an emergency. 

Emergency Supply Kit

After winterizing your vehicle, pack a winter storm survival kit and make sure it includes the following items: 

  • First-aid kit
  • Knife
  • Dry clothes
  • Shovel
  • Tool kit
  • Tow rope
  • Battery cables
  • Water to drink
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Windshield scraper
  • Compass and roadmaps
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Mobile phone
  • Mobile phone batteries
  • Mobile phone chargers: wall plug charger, car charger, and portable charger
  • Sand or cat litter in case you need traction
  • Water container for your vehicle needs
  • High-calorie food that does not need to be refrigerated
  • Paper products such as tissue, toilet paper, paper towels

These are just some basic needs to keep you safe until help arrives.  Do what you can and be prepared in case an emergency arises.


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