Not to be doom and gloom in the midst of the holidays but as I was searching for emergency items to take on our road trip tomorrow, I came across this disastrous site. provides essential information on the supplies you’ll need in case of a variety of disasters. It states that after a major disaster, it is unlikely that emergency response services will be able to immediately respond to everyone’s needs, so it’s important to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family i.e. plan to be on your own for at least the first 72 hours. You name it, they’ll walk you through it – earthquake, storm/flooding, no power, fire, etc.

But back to the car guide – Real Simple and Christine Columbus both provide  great emergency lists for road trips. Now with a healthy dose of paranoia, I’m off to pack. Oh and if Santa wants to get me the Life Hammer: Car Escape Tool, I think I’ll sleep a little sounder