Be Ready Everywhere – Not Just At Home

The other day I was listening to sports radio while I worked at my desk. The radio personality started to talk about a blizzard that was coming in the afternoon and it caught me off guard because the local sports talking heads rarely mention the weather but were doing so throughout the day because the coming storm was projected to be the worst blizzard in decades and were trying to get the word out to everyone.

While we have some pretty decent storms that will come through and dump 12" of snow on the valley floors this storm was to arrive right before the commute home. It got me thinking about my vehicle's preparation level. Quickly I realized it wasn't very good which is pretty sad considering I work in the emergency preparedness industry. All I had was a couple road flares, set of jumper cables, and a small first aid kit. What would have happened if I was snowed in on the freeway and the roads were closed due to lack of visibility? I started to think about the different items I might need to get through the night as comfortable as possible. Food, water, blanket, and a tow rope quickly came to mind not to mention many other items that could prove useful in this circumstance.

Luckily for me the storm didn't come down as far south as originally thought and the wind gusts had little to no snow to churn up. Needless to say the near miss got me thinking and measures have been taken to assure that I am ready the next time I am out on the roads during a big storm.

Of course not everyone drives to work, people that use mass transit don't have a trunk to store emergency supplies. We talk to companies everyday that are preparing for their employees in case a disaster strikes during work hours when staff is present but from my own personal experience I have to think these businesses are the exception, there are many more that are not prepared than there are that are ready to react to a disaster.

So what can you do? For one, ask your manager or the owner of the company what they are doing to prepare for the different emergencies that occur in your particular area (earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, floods, blizzards, ect). If the company isn't preparing or currently prepared it doesn't mean you can't be, see if you can store a 72 hour kit loaded with food, water, and emergency supplies near your desk or somewhere else on site. These items are chosen for their utility but also for the compact size and light weight nature making it easy to move around.

TIPS for Emergency Preparedness on the Go

- Think about your specific area and the types of natural disasters. Also think about other possible scenarios like fire, flood, or possibly even terrorism.

- Look at emergency items and 72 hour kits to get an idea for what is out there with an eye towards your specific regional needs.

- Plan for the unexpected, after you plan for the typical things think hard about the not so common problems that can happen.

- Think about your storage options. Can you store products at work? Is your vehicle loaded with the necessary provisions?

- Think about having items that can help others or maybe just having more than you need. You may be out on a lunch break with your spouse when the disaster strikes, does your vehicle preparations have enough for two?

- Don't forget food and water on the go. Having high calorie food bars, like those made by Datrex and Mainstay, and water made by Aquabox and Datrex will keep you fueled as you deal with the challenges of an emergency. These products' shelf lifes are not affected by high temperatures like other foods, you will get the 5 year plus shelf life from them even if they are stored in a truck in 100 degree heat.

- Gene K., Product Development at The Ready Store

10 thoughts on “Be Ready Everywhere – Not Just At Home”

  • Anita Jackson

    I've been teased about "all of the junk" I keep in my car but I wouldn't be without it. I keep a sturdy plastic tote in the back of my station wagon with some old army wool blankets, a folding shovel, road kit, food, water, backpackers stove and first aid kit as well as my C.E.R.T. backpack. You can never be too ready! Thanks for the reminder.

  • Tom

    Just think how much better we would be if everyone was somewhat prepared for most types of disasters no matter how small or big. I have never understood why some sit back and wait for someone else to take care of them. Being prepared makes you feel so much better gives a person a lot of confidence. Right back tot he boy scout motto "Be Prepared".


  • Karen

    I keep a 40 gallon tote in the back of my car at all times. In it, I have 2 backpacks,(one for me, one for my son) changes of winter clothes for both of us, extra hats and gloves, first aid kits, water bottles, small filter, small hatchet, tube tent, emergency blankets, backpacking stove, hand warmers, canned fuel, food for 3 days, and trekking poles (to help with my bad balance over rough terrain). We also have books and small games to keep us entertained if we are stuck in the car for a long time.
    My friends who have seen it think I am nuts, but it really make me feel better as we drive all over the place.

  • dave

    Kudo's to Karen...My wife may not totally agree with my preparations but she does feel better driving with it in the truck

  • Bill

    It only takes one time of mild hypothermia, on a nice spring day, to make sure that you're prepared from then on. I was lucky.

  • Chris

    I keep a medium sized duffel in my vecicle as well as my wife's with identical supplies just in case. She does not like it cluttering up the trunk of her SUV, but feels comforted by it. Also, when she had food available for the "I'm starving" and water for the "I'm thirsty" emergencies with the kids she felt a lot more comforted. Included are; jumper cables, emergency blankets, emergency ponchos, hand warmers, granola bars, water punches, matches, whistle, first aid kit, mult-tool, flashlight, side winder cell phone charger, plus some other items...I also have an old pair of her sneakers in the duffel given she is often in less practical shoes...Other than the food/water It requires no upkeep.

  • Dave W

    Her in New Yourk state 3 weeks ago,we got hit with a snow storm that dumped 48" of snow on interstate 90 from Jamestown to Hamberg.47 miles of cars,truck all stopped to a stand still.People ran out of gas just sitting there.48 hours it took to clear all the trafic.The state knew that they where in trubble.They sent help on ATV's to bring out gas,food,and water to the stranded motorest.

    Now you have to put yourself in that situation and think what if help didn't come.Do you sit in your car and freeze to death like what happend in Buffalo in 1977?Or do you have a plan?What if you had to walk 5 miles,Are you dressed for it?Being stuck some were sucks.But with the right prep work you can make it suck less.

  • Andrew

    My car had a mechanical failure the other day and I was in a rural area on a sales trip, luckily I had cell phone reception to call for help but it got me thinking what would have happened if I hadn't been able to call out... I mean my trunk was jammed pack with work presentation stuff and product - I would have been screwed.

  • Donald A Rabchenia
    Donald A Rabchenia January 17, 2011 at 2:24 am

    So how long will the shipment take?

  • Ron

    Thanks for this informative article. I live near Chicago and on February 1, 2011 a huge storm hit. Many people were trapped on Lake Shore Drive for many hours waiting for emergency services. I am sure many of these people wish they had read this blog. I think having supplies in my trunk
    could make things better if standed in the car.

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