When you start to put together that list of items needed for your emergency kit, typically we focus on what would happen if we needed to stay home for a while and couldn’t venture out. Whether you live in a part of the country that gets earthquakes, tornados, blizzards, hurricanes, or just uninvited in-laws, having an emergency kit will make any disaster more manageable. It’s also a good idea to have such a kit in your vehicle, something that goes beyond having just the spare tire and jumper cables. Being able to take care of yourself and your family if an emergency struck while on the road will go a long way in getting back to a place of wellbeing. Extra bottles of coolant, oil and windshield washer fluid, blankets and filtered water, even granola bars or some kind food with a long shelf-life, can make a big impact. Not only that, but if there was an emergency at home and you were taking your car somewhere, having everything you need without having to think about it is going to be critical in a time of crisis when your mind is racing. For a complete list of things to have in your emergency kit, check out a great site for your auto needs, where you can also find a plethora of information regarding upkeep and maintenance you can do yourself, tips, safety and more in a variety of articles and videos.
Along with having all the right tools on hand is the knowledge of how to use them. Brushing up on your skills to keep the information quick at hand will aid greatly in making decisive, on the spot decisions for the safety of you and those around you. For what you don’t already know, Youtube is an amazing resource and can efficiently break down many different things. Learn basic auto maintenance like changing a tire, checking fluid levels, and what do in case you break down on the side of the road. You can peruse Google Maps and learn about the best routes from your house to various locations so that you will know all the shortcuts ahead of time. General first aid information; the types of skills that carry their weight in gold and will set you apart from others in your ability for staying clear headed and focused. Even most things around the home that you may find yourself at a loss what to do about, can easily be learned through video tutorials. Plumbing, carpentry, design, and landscaping are all just a few clicks away and not only will you have saved money by doing it yourself, you also get to feel the emotional gratification of being self-sufficient. Preparing for emergencies is more than just gathering all the supplies that are on the lists so readily available across the internet, its also about entering a state of mind where you have the knowledge and level headedness to tackle certain situations without hesitation. The more you learn, the better prepared you will be to take care of yourself, your family, and those around you.