My Readers being a sensible lot, I probably shouldn’t need to post a warning about a seasonal SHTF situation like this one:
I’m going to ignore the funny bits — e.g. the hapless Kamela Harris tweeting that “America is on the move again” — to focus on the important stuff.
When I lived in Chicago and was faced with a drive of any distance away from home, I made sure that I had the following:
- full tank of gas, and a 5-gallon can in reserve
- two blankets — a regular woolen type and one of those Mylar things
- water (kept inside the car, not in the trunk where it could freeze)
- emergency food (a large jar of peanut butter, crackers, chocolate and a package of jerky, as well as some hard candy for a quick sugar boost)
- shovel (one of those military entrenching tools, see below)
- 10-lb bag of cat litter
- as well as the usual emergency things one should keep in the car anyway, e.g. flashlight, blaze orange vest, insulated work gloves, road flares and so on.
Nineteen hours, as above, is a long time to be stranded in freezing weather without any kind of sustenance, and it’s just pure luck that the above episode didn’t claim any lives.
Feel free to add anything you think I’ve missed.
(German mil-surp — I actually have two of them. I prefer them to the U.S. all-steel version, because the wooden handle works better in cold weather.)