A few weeks ago we had a snow storm. There wasn’t anything special about it except it took the towns off guard and they were not prepared for it. They didn’t have enough salters and plowers on the roads, which caused a huge nightmare for anyone trying to drive in it.
My husband left work in New Jersey (we live in New York). It took him 45 minutes to drive to the end of the road (seriously). Forget the almost hour drive home on a good day. He ended up turning around and going back to his office to wait it out until the roads were finally salted and plowed so he can get home. He gets off work at 3:30 in the afternoon. He didn’t get home until 2:30 AM the following morning.
Our daughter had it much worse. Her car got stuck in the middle of the road. She did get some help pushing her off the road, but they pushed her off on the left side of the road (in the medium) and not to the right side.
Our daughter was stuck in her car for over 5+ hours. My husband couldn’t get her because he was stuck at work, and I couldn’t get her because I would have got stuck too (we don’t have four wheel drive). She called everyone she knew to help her and I did the same thing. The Police couldn’t help her because there were cars and accidents everywhere and the tow truck drivers were busy towing hundreds (no exaggeration) of cars off the road.
There she was with no warm clothing. No food. No water. Nothing. She had no safety products available to her.
Because of her experience, and the fact my husband could have suffered the safe fate if he were to continue trying to drive home, we created a “safety box” for our kids to keep in their car. In the box there are two pairs of thermal socks, heavy gloves, hats, scarves, a blanket, non-perishable food, water and a first aid kit. I want to get them other car safety products, but I haven’t had a chance to buy them yet.
No one really thinks about what they need in case of an foreseen emergency until it’s too late. Natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes can happen at any time, any where. You might find that you have to flee you home in a moment’s notice. If that were to happen, do you have the supplies you need for you and your family to survive for a few days or longer? Do you have food and fresh water? What about a first aid kit? A flashlight with batteries?
Many people have kits, but they might not be enough, especially for multiple people. For that reason you might want to check out Rescue Guard. Rescue Guard makes emergency backpacks filled with many of the things you would need in the event of an emergency where you had to flee in a moment’s notice.
The Rescue Guard backpack is filled with enough supplies for four people for 72 hours (three days). Hopefully within that time frame a person or family will find a safe place to be, but in the meantime it’s great knowing that you have the things you need to survive.
I received a backpack from Rescue Guard to review. Let me tell you, this backpack is HEAVY and its filled to the max with supplies. I was actually reluctant to open the backpack up because I was afraid I would never get everything to fit back inside.
Rescue Guard contains so much.
- 60 Piece First Aid Kit
- 212 Piece Deluxe First Aid Kit
- 2 Squeeze Powered Lights
- 4 Emergency Ponchos
- 4 Emergency Blankets
- 4 Dust Masks
- 4 Latex Free Exam Gloves
- 4 Biohazard Bags
- 1 Deck of Playing Cards
- 4 Tissue Packs
- Light Sticks (2 pack)
- Survival Whistle/Compass
- Firestarter Flint & Steel
- Emergency Tent
- Emergency Plan/Contact
- 4 Emergency Food Rations
- 24 Emergency Drinking Waters
- Wire Saw
- 12 Pre-moistened Towelettes
- Duct Tape
- Leather Gloves
- Multi-Function Tool
- 2 Survival Sleeping Bags
Yes, ALL of this is squeezed into the backpack (which is why it’s heavy). You can also add other items as needed.
I would recommend packing another backpack with diapers and baby supplies (if you have an infant) and/or pet food and supplies if you have pets. Don’t forget about your pets in a time of emergencies.
I have to admit, there are a lot of products in this bag that I would never think to pack, but they make perfect sense. Honestly, I would never give sleeping bags and a tent a thought, nor would I think about another way of making fire aside from matches (if matches get wet they won’t work). Gloves, duct tape, emergency blankets and glow sticks are other great products to have on hand that I would never have thought of.
The food rations consist of six highly food bars per person (for four people). The instructions read to eat two bars per day. I don’t want to open them up to try them out. I don’t want to waste them. They are vacuumed sealed in “bricks.” It says to replace them every five years, which is good to know.
The water comes in “bags” and the instructions are to drink two of them per day. My only concern with this water is leaving the bag in the car and having the water freeze. It might burst the bags open.
I could go on and on about this emergency bag from Rescue Guard, but there is just so much inside that this post would be super long if I went through each and every item.
Rescue Guard kits are available on Amazon. You can follow this link (where I linked on Amazon) to learn more and to learn more about each of the packs. It is NOT an affiliate link either.
Here are the available packs.
Basic Surival Pack ($49.95)
This kit contains the necessary food and water with a 61-piece First Aid kit and shelter items for up to 6 days for a single person or 72 hours for 2 people.
Intermediate Survival Pack ($99.95)
This kit contains food, water, and all the supplies needed for up to 12 days for a single person or 6 days for 2 people or 72 hours for 4 people. This is the kit that I was sent to review.
Advanced Survival Pack ($169.95)
This kit includes everything from the Intermediate Survival Kit. It also contains a survival knife, ax, lantern, gloves, as well as additional survival tools.
Now is a great time to think about your emergency plan. Are you prepared? Are you FULLY prepared? Be honest with yourself. If you’re not prepared, please make it a priority to prepare yourself and your family for the unimaginable. Natural disasters can strike at any time.
*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.