Prepare your car for emergencies

We have all been glued to the news of Hurricane Sandy this week, praying for family and friends on the East Coast. And even though here in the Midwest we don’t have hurricanes to deal with, it is a stark reminder that natural disasters strike in all regions and we are not immune.

So what can you do to protect your family from potential harm from a tornado, blizzard or flood? In Overland Park, we know that it’s never too early for a winter car tune-up (Remember the October surprise of ’96?). And even though modern technology keeps monster storms from sneaking up on us, Mother Nature often likes to remind us who is in control (Remember the flash flood of ’98?).

At New Concept we always recommend keeping your gas tank at least half full, which provides the double benefit of being good for your car and keeping you prepared. If you have been putting off having us explore that engine knock, buying new tires, or even getting your oil changed, remember that you won’t have time to get prepared once Mother Nature puts us in her sights.

There are many other ways to prepare for natural disasters. Before tragedy strikes plan an evacuation route, taking into account potential obstacles such as high traffic areas or impassable bridges. Establish a local and an out-of-state contact for family members to check in with.

Minimum recommendations for your Overland Park car emergency kit include:

  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries
  • Car chargers for phones and other portable electronics (including bottle warmers)
  • Properly inflated spare tire, tire repair kit, manual pump, and working jack (Know how to use them! AAA won’t be coming!)
  • Tool kit, shovel, flares
  • Paper maps (Remember those?)
  • First aid kit with all prescription meds and over-the-counter staples like ibuprophen
  • Bottled water (one gallon per person, per day)
  • Non-perishable food (Don’t forget the pets!)
  • Blanket

We hope that Overland Park and all of our community will be spared from dealing with life-threatening disasters for a long time to come, but don’t ignore the warnings from our friends out east this week—be prepared.

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