Feeling Safe in a Shaky World—Automobile Emergency Planning

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

We've covered the Basics of Emergency Planning in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this blog series, but now it's time to address Automobile Emergency Planning. Here we go!

Automobile Emergency Planning


For longer trips or travel into possible severe weather:

• Your gas tank should be kept near full to avoid ice in tank and fuel line.

• Someone should know your travel plans and potential travel routes before you begin your trip.

• Estimate your timetable and make contact with someone along the route if your plans change.

If you are caught in your automobile during severe weather:

• Stay in your automobile to avoid disorientation due to snow or cold.

• Turn on the motor for approximately 10 minutes each hour for heat.

• To ensure against carbon dioxide poisoning, crack your window slightly and make sure your exhaust pipe is not blocked.

Do your best to make yourself visible to possible rescue

by tying colorful cloth to your antenna or door.

• If it is NOT snowing, raise your car hood.

• When the engine is running, turn on your automobile dome light.

• Remember to get your body moving from time-to-time.

• Move your arms, legs, fingers, and toes to keep warm.

Additional supplies for long trips or travel into possible severe weather.

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