The National Safety Council holds regular public campaigns to alert you and others across the country to dangers that may threaten your safety. In June, the organization focuses on a program with a different safety topic each week. At the law offices of Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we feel it is important for you and other Missouri residents to know about numerous safety topics and how to be prepared.

During the first week in June, the National Safety Council is focusing on emergency preparedness. Since motor vehicle accidents are a year-round issue, emergency preparedness week is the perfect time to consider how you might be prepared for an accident or another traffic-related emergency.

You might be planning to take a trip with your family this summer. Road trips make great family vacations, but such events as truck accidents, sudden storms, poor road conditions, car problems and heavy traffic can throw a wrench in your plans. You might want to include the following checklist, either when preparing for a trip or ensuring your vehicle is ready for an emergency anytime:

  • Have a mechanic check your engine, change the oil and be sure your lights are all working.
  • Make sure your tires are in good repair and all the fluids in your vehicle are topped off.
  • Pack an emergency kit for your car that includes first aid supplies, water bottles, non-perishable snacks, a flashlight, flares or reflective cones and blankets.
  • Keep a cellphone car charger in your vehicle, as well as a list of phone numbers, medical information and other contact information in case of an accident.

Being prepared can relieve some of the stress after an accident and prevent a more serious emergency, as our page on the steps to take after an accident explains.