#70 What’s in your trunk?
The prudent emergency person who sets out upon a journey knows that nothing is guaranteed, and being self-reliant brings supplies and provisions for unexpected necessity.
For many people, “a first aid kit in the car” is a plastic box with band-aids® and aspirin. In the dark, bad weather, overturned, or at the roadside, you may need more, in addition to your trauma supplies.
See what you’re doing: Consider head-mounted lights for hands-free work, or a set-down lantern; a long distance flashlight is good to check for ejectees or nearby help.
Be seen/don’t be hurt: a safety vest, light colored clothing (and never turn your back on traffic) is good. Clothing appropriate to weather (not the car’s heater/AC). Nitrile gloves for patient contact. Leather work gloves, safety glasses. A window-breaking, seat belt cutter tool may be useful.
Advance warning: Safety triangles don’t have dead batteries, or start fires. A, magnetic base lets you place it on your rooftop for longer visibility, Use two sets, and place them far out to slow traffic (1 car-length for each 10 mph of speed; and before blind bends/summits. Flares/Fusees are great (night & fog), but can ignite gasoline or dry brush. Flashing LED lights alert well.
Shelter/Casualty care: Sturdy tarpaulin as a working surface; shade; rain protection; safely drag casualty to safety; and prevent blankets from soaking. Disposable blankets.
Rural areas: Cell phone; signaling devices; water and food (not chips). “Flight Plan” with family: “If you don’t hear from me by __, call for help. I’ll be on route 29 and will call any changes to you.” If stranded, "I'll try calling every even hour for 5 minutes (to save battery)."
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