Are You Prepared For An RV Emergency?
In the world of RV’s there is little thought about what could go wrong. More often than not, we are concerned with making the most of our time camping/traveling, rather than what to do in an emergency. Situations from hurricanes, forest fires, or even flash floods can present themselves often without warning and leave us with little time to prepare. In these situations it is best to have an action plan set in place that will allow you and your family to remain out of harm’s way should a disaster be on the horizon. The best action plan for yourself will depend on what kind of RV’er you are, (Full-time, Part-time). Below is a list of a few general ways to better prepare yourself for an emergency while RV’ing.
What to bring (Emergency suitcase)
- The best emergency preparedness kits include enough non-perishable food and water for at least 72 hours (3 days).
- If you are traveling with a pet be sure to also pack food and water for them as well
- A weather radio for the country that you are traveling.
- A Flashlight with extra batteries ( try to get extra batteries for your weather radio as well)
- A week supply of any medications or medical items you may need
- A multi-tool
- Personal hygiene items and personal documentation (copies of prescriptions/passports/id)
- Extra cash as well as a cell phone charger
- A pack of cards or other small games (especially if you are traveling with children)
- Duct tape (for obvious reasons)
This is not a complete list of items but it is a good start. Consider what items you or your family may need and also the environment you are traveling (ie. matches, blankets, baby food, clothes). If you are a fan of ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, be sure to bring a towel.
Know your Exit/Know the area’s hospitals.
Whether you are staying in a RV resort, Boondocking in the middle of nowhere, or somewhere in between, you should always be aware of your surrounding area. Get a map of the area you are going to be staying/traveling. On the map, mark out the best exits in case you need to leave quickly as well as the closest hospital or medical center. Now if the situation comes that you need to evacuate the area or need medical attention for any reason you will be ready to go and not trying to google map your way out. It is a good idea to keep this close to or with your ‘emergency suitcase’.
Keep an eye on the forecast (safety is your responsibility)
Knowing is half the battle, so be sure to stay up to date on any potential storms, fires, and emergency broadcasts. You can use the radio or even weather apps to stay on top of developing situations, just remember not to let it consume your time.
Relax, if a situation does come up that requires you to take action the first thing to do is take a deep breath and stay calm. A level head is like a level RV; it makes a world of difference. From all of us at Guarantee RV, stay safe and Happy Travels!