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  • Baby Steps: Build Your Emergency Car Kit


    Baby Steps: Build Your Emergency Car Kit. Emergency Essentials Blog.


    “During the winter of 1998 I was living in Northern Virginia and owned a historic VW bus. One evening after leaving work at 10 pm, I was driving too fast on iced over roads and slid off the road in a rural area. The bus traveled down a snowy hill and smashed into several trees. I broke the tibia bone in my leg and lost conscience for several hours after hitting my head on the solid metal driver’s door. I awoke around 3 am and tried to walk away from the accident, but couldn't because of my leg. I decided my best option was to stay put and had two blankets in the van to try and stay warm. The only food I had was some left over fast food from the previous day that were destined for the trash. It was half a burger, a handful of fries and three packets of ketchup. I ate everything. A driver passing by at 8 am saw the van and stopped to investigate. If he hadn't, I don't think I would have been found for another day or more. I realized that I wasn't prepared enough for that situation. I share what happened to me with all my friends and family in order to prepare them as well.”

    YIKES!! We’re glad you survived! Your story really got me thinking, "What I would I have done?" Thanks to your stories, I’m convinced to spend this weekend prepping. I’m getting an emergency car kit for sure. No more procrastination.

    Baby Step 1: Buying an emergency car kit. But while I’m waiting for my order to arrive, what can I put together? What do I need in order to survive in my car? In addition to the standard car maintenance items of course.

    Uh oh. The standards. Do I even have those?

    Baby step 2: Make sure I have basic car maintenance items. These include a tire pressure gauge, a jack, a lug wrench, a spare tire, and jumper cables. (Note to self: buy a spare tire this weekend!) If you don’t have the tools included in the Auto Tool Kit then consider buying the kit. Winterize your car too – stop at your mechanic’s or a lube shop if you need help.

    Third Baby step: Figure out which “extras” I already have at home. Extra backpack to hold everything – check. Extra blanket – check. Extra gloves – check. Extra hat – check. Extra sleeping bag? A tarp or mat (to kneel on when changing the tire)? Flashlight, food...

    … What food have I got at home that I can put together tonight? Some dried fruit, nuts – but those won’t last me long-term. Some granola bars? Those have a lot of sugar for quick energy boosts, but not enough calories to sustain me. I really need one of these high-calorie food bars. They don’t take up a lot of room and they’re sturdy enough to withstand extreme temperatures. It’s no steak dinner, but it’ll keep me alive if I’m stuck in my car for a couple of days.

    And what do I do about water? If I keep water in the car it’ll freeze. Does anyone have any good suggestions on how to keep liquid in my car without it freezing? Should I keep a filter or purifier and try to use snow instead?

    Fourth baby step: Get a map and find alternative routes for my normal drive. If you’re going into the city this weekend, or traveling around your state, take a little time to explore a road you wouldn’t normally take. Even if I’m not stranded, knowing alternate routes will be a big help when freeway traffic is at a stand-still.

    From Google Maps Jan. 24, 2013

    If you’ve already done these baby steps, well done! You’re obviously ready to baby step on a more advanced level. Read through Craig’s story again. What would you do if you were stranded and had no means of communication? (i.e., you don’t have a phone, you can’t get service, or it’s dead.) How would you signal for help? Do you have a bright-colored flag or banner? Do you have some kind of whistle or other attention getter (flares, flashlight)?

    What about first aid? Small first aid kits don’t cover broken bones; what do you keep in your car that could help? Could you use a long ice scraper as a splint? Do you have something to secure it with? What will you do for using the toilet if you can’t move?

    Staying warm and dry is a big deal, especially when injured. Craig had extra blankets, what do you have in your car?

  • Meet Stephanie

    Hi Folks,

    I’m a new copywriter/blog editor at Emergency Essentials and I’m pretty enthusiastic about prepping. My parents have always followed the core principles of preparedness, like staying out of debt and keeping food storage. My dad toughened up his kids by taking us hiking and camping, making us sleep on the ground (UGH!) and feeding us MREs. I’ve learned a lot of habits and skills from them. Every summer I would spend a week in the mountains learning bush craft like lashing, fire building, cooking, first aid, and orienteering. (Incidentally, even though Sarah’s an Urban Girl now, she did this too.)

    I’ve lived in Honduras where I took bucket baths, India where the electricity went out frequently, and Bulgaria where people lived off their summer canning. I’m no stranger to thriving in a difficult environment. I’m interested in gadgets and gizmos, delicious food, and eco-conscious approaches to life, so I’ll likely be blogging about the coolest (and latest) prepper technology, recipes and rotating your food storage, and how to recycle-reuse-reduce.

    I love post-apocalyptic movies and books – not because I enjoy disaster, but because I LOVE the ingenuity that humans show during tough times. I know that the stories are fictional, so that’s why I’m eager to hear more of your first-hand experiences. I think problem solving and coming up with low-tech, affordable solutions is exciting.

    Having said all that, when I finally built up my food storage a couple of years ago, I ended up with 4 cases of tuna, a three-year supply of personal toiletries, 5 gallons of water, a tarp, a mosquito net, and 25 feet of rope.

    I have a lot to learn.

    Stay posted to read about things that I learn, cool stuff that I find, and other emergency essentials. I want your input so don’t hesitate to comment on posts!

    Looking forward to our interaction,


  • "Eat Better" Giveaway

    Update 1/24 - Giveaway ends January 29th.

    Yesterday Steph posted about eating better and included the Beef Barley Soup recipe we tried out last week (it was delicious). We think you should try it—or experiment with other recipes so you know what you can make with your food storage items.

    In fact, a customer named Jan posted this on our Facebook a few days ago:
    I made enchiladas with a recipe I found at Emergency Essentials with Provident Pantry Freeze dried ground beef (cooked) that I bought at Emergency Essentials and it was delicious! My whole family liked it. Thank you for not only the good products but recipes that you can use the product in. Now I think I am brave enough to use it in a regular recipe because they were great enchiladas!
    Want to try those recipes? Here you go:
    Beef Barley Soup (scroll to the bottom for the recipe)

    To get you started, we’re giving away a #10 can and a MyChoice™ can of Provident Pantry™ Ground Beef. That way you’ve got a MyChoice™ can to experiment with, plus a #10 can to put straight into your storage!

    To win, just comment below or on our Facebook post letting us know what recipe you’ll try out, then fill out the form below (so we can contact you if you’re the winner).
    I can’t wait to hear what you’re going to make. Good luck!

    P.S. If you’re interested in trying out food storage recipes and getting FREE food storage, keep your eyes peeled for a great contest we’ll be launching in the next few weeks. (Hint: It might also be a good idea to brush up on your photography skills in the meantime... but you didn’t hear it from me.)

    The winner will be contacted via email. If you are the winner and do not respond to our email within 3 business days, you will forfeit your right to the prize and another winner will be chosen. All entries will be verified.
    Contest is open to all customers with a US shipping address; however, free shipping of the Giveaway is included for the winner to the 48 contiguous United States only. For any locations outside this area, the winner is responsible for arranging and paying their own shipping costs. If you purchase a Giveaway item during the giveaway and win, we will send you an additional item or issue you a refund for the product you purchased—whichever you prefer.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger or Pinterest. Your entries are going to Emergency Essentials and not to Facebook, Twitter, blogger or Pinterest. Facebook, Twitter, blogger or Pinterest is in no way responsible for any part of this giveaway.

    Employees of Emergency Essentials, Inc. and their immediate family members are not eligible for the giveaway.

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