Vehicle Emergency Kit

Published: 12/1/2012

Emergencies happen when you least expect them. Each year in Douglas County, several motorists encounter problems while traveling by vehicle.  Unfortunately, some of those motorists become stranded, often in remote areas, and are not prepared to survive.  Here are some tips to help make you better prepared for the unexpected.

Check vehicles for safety and road worthiness before every trip.  Are all lights working?  Brakes?  Fluids check. Check and replace windshield wipers.  Are tires and tread are in good condition?  Are traction tires or devices installed or on board as needed?

“Know before you go.”  Check road and weather conditions before you travel.  In Oregon, go to www.tripcheck.com.  California residents should check at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi

Every car should be equipped with an emergency kit and some basic supplies you can rely upon in the event of a mechanical failure, weather emergency, or operator error, such as running out of gas.    Following are some recommended items to include:

  • Maps  … 
  • Compass/GPS  … 
  • Quality whistle (storm or boat-type)  … 
  • Flares  … 
  • Flashlight & extra batteries  … 
  • Light sticks  … 
  • Heavy duty plastic bags, bright orange is  … 
  • best, that can be used for rain gear and/or 
  • signaling 
  • Extra warm clothing  … 
  • Rain gear or ponchos  … 
  • Warm hat  … 
  • Sturdy shoes or boots and extra socks  … 
  • Work gloves  … 
  • Blankets and/or “space blankets”  … 
  • Hand warmers  … 
  • Food and water—high energy, ready to  … 
  • eat foods and potable water.  A water 
  • treatment/purifying device is also wise. 
  • First aid kit  … 
  • Necessary medications  … 
  • Candles, waterproof matches  … 
  • Battery powered radio and extra batteries  … 
  • Cell phone, extra battery and charger  … 
  • ABC type Fire Extinguisher  … 
  • Shovel  … 
  • Some assorted tools  … 
  • Booster/Jumper cables  … 
  • Chains or traction mats  … 
  • Shop towels 

In addition to your emergency kit, keep a backpack in your vehicle so that you can take a few essentials from your emergency kit with you if you go hiking away from your car.  When you return, put the items back in your vehicle emergency kit

Attachment/Link: Emergency Kit Brochure

Attachment/Link: ODOT Trip Check