emergency kit

Advice from Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys

We hardly ever think that something bad could actually happen to us and when it does happen, we are often unprepared. On any average day, your life could be put in danger out of the blue. Your house (or apartment) may catch fire; a drowsy driver may plow his car into your car; or there could be an earthquake, flood, landslide, avalanche, or tsunami, depending on where you live. If you are injured in an accident, consult qualified personal injury attorneys without wasting any time.

In emergency situations, the things that can actually save your life are usually not the things you think are important, such as your bank balance, house, and car. So, here are the top five emergency supplies that could save your life:

  1. First Aid Kit

If you are badly hurt or injured, the first thing you will need is a first aid kit. With a well-stocked first aid kit, you can temporarily treat your injuries until help arrives. There is no unanimous agreement on what should go into a first aid kit, but every kit should include ointments, bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and some over-the-counter pain killers. Since you never know when a disaster will strike, you should always have a first aid kit in your home, workplace, and your car. You should also make it a point to pack one in your backpack when you are going hiking or trekking.

  1. Flashlight

It’s really amazing how important a flashlight can suddenly become when your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, miles away from the nearest house, and then night falls. If the place is crawling with nocturnal wildlife or if the weather condition is harsh, then having a flash light that actually works can mean the difference between life and death. So you should always have a flashlight in your car. You should also have one in your home in case of a power outage, which you can never rule out. Today’s LED flashlights are small, compact, lightweight, and shine a very bright white light.

  1. Toolkit

A toolkit is usually the last thing on your mind until your car breaks down in the middle of an arid desert or high up in a mountain pass miles away from civilization. If you are unlucky enough to be stuck for two or more days with no food, water and warm clothes, you could die of dehydration or freeze to death. A toolkit comes with the tools that you can use to fix your car and get back on the road in no time at all. So make sure that there is always a toolkit in your car and that it contains a few screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, hammers, and a Swiss Army knife.

  1. Mobile phone

 The importance of a mobile phone during an emergency cannot be overexaggerated. Imagine that you are buried six feet under a rubble after an earthquake; stranded on the top of the roof of your house during a flood; stuck on the 10th floor of an apartment building that is on fire; or hiding in a corner of a mall that is under a terrorist attack. The only thing that can immediately get you in contact with emergency services is your phone. Therefore, always make sure to carry it with you wherever you go. Also, make sure that it is fully charged and functional.

 Biscuits and bottled water

You would probably not think of biscuits and water as something that could save your life in an emergency. But imagine you are stuck inside your car during a blizzard or trapped in your home in the middle of a disaster. After several hours, you will begin to feel hungry and thirsty, and suddenly food and water become the most important things. They give you the energy you need to stay alive and healthy. Fresh food can go bad quickly, so always make sure to have an adequate supply of preserved biscuits and bottled water in your home and in your car for emergencies.