Tuesday, November 25, 2014
     

 

 

Driving

In A Disaster

 


After almost every disaster, search and rescue teams find victims who might have survived if they had known whether to stay with or leave their cars. Following are safety tips for drivers in various types of emergencies. This information should be kept in the glove compartment of your car. In any situation, the most important rule is: Don’t panic.

Cars should be equipped with supplies which could be useful in any emergency. Depending on location, climate of the area, personal requirements and other variables, the supplies in the kit might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • blanket/sleeping bag
  • booster cables and tools
  • bottled water
  • canned fruits and nuts and manual can opener
  • first aid kit
  • flashlight
  • rain gear and extra clothes
  • necessary medication
  • matches and candles
  • shovel
  • traction mats or chains

Listen to radio or television for the latest National Weather Service bulletins on severe weather for the area in which you will drive. In times of developing emergencies such as toxic material spill or nuclear plant accidents, keep a radio or television on and await instructions. If evacuation is recommended, move quickly but calmly, following instructions as to route to be used, evacuation shelter to be sought, and other directions.