First Aid Readiness
In the event of an emergency when 911 is not responding, if someone is hurt at your home, you may or may not find a doctor. Even if you do find a doctor will he have his bag? By the time he gets to you, will he still have adequate supplies to enable him to see to your needs? Some of my best friends who are doctors admit that they are among the least prepared (as far as having emergency supplies on hand).
First Aid and Basic Life Support Training
To fully benefit from the First Aid kits (shown on this page), we hope you will consider attending First Aid training or similar medical training from organizations such as the Red Cross. At least one individual in each household should schedule the time, register, and attend a class or classes. Online courses are also available. If you have a kit, then all you need is a doctor who can use it, a paramedic, or a person who has gone through the basic life-saving course.
Customize Your Kits
Effective first aid readiness requires individual planning
. Not only do you live in an area prone to unique environmental threats, your house is composed of individuals with unique needs. Hundreds of different first aid supply kits are available from various retailers, but, when it comes down to it, there is no single entity who can put together the special assortment that you
need. However, our experts have survived multiple disasters and can help by providing a starting-point kit; then you can add items according to your individual requirements. We recommend purchasing a Basic Life Support kit and several standard first aid kits (one for your house and one for each vehicle—and a Grab & Run bag
that includes a first aid kit); then supplement these kits with items from your own medical supplies.
Include a check-off list of items that you need to purchase separately. Keep this list current. The list should include prescription medications, and any specific items you feel you need based on the unique medical needs of your household. Diabetics, asthmatics, and people suffering from life-threatening allergies can either incorporate their essential medical supplies or have special emergency grab-run kits tailored for their special needs.
If possible, plan a family meeting to enumerate items that are required, and equip the kits as a team. The well-prepared family will not be caught off guard. The personally modified first aid kit is your first step on the path of disaster emergency living.
First Aid Kit Items for Your Consideration
Below you will find some items to consider for your customized first aid kits. Please note that all of these items may not be included in the kits shown on this page.
- Antibiotic ointment
- Caladryl or Calamine lotion
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Desitin (if you have babies)
- Soap, antiseptic, Purell
- Band Aids, gauze (wrap and padding), adhesive tape, bandages
- Rubbing alcohol and/or wipes, hydrogen peroxide
- Meat tenderizer (for insect bites) [Papain, in the form of a meat tenderizer such as Adolph's, made into a paste with water, reportedly breaks down the protein toxins in the venom.]
- Baking soda and/or Antacid
- Diarrhea medication
- Over-the-counter analgesics (Tylenol, Aspirin, etc.)
- Clove oil (for toothaches) or Orajel (Baby Orajel if you have babies)
- Activated charcoal (pre-mixed with water) for treatment of some poisoning [The use of activated charcoal is contraindicated when the ingested substance is an acid, an alkali, or a petroleum product.] *
- Ipecac and/or powdered mustard to induce vomiting *
- Salt (for sodium chloride solution with which to gargle--to treat a sore throat and kill bacteria)
* Always check substance labeling, or contact a poison control center, prior to administering poisoning treatment.
- Face mask
- Insect repellent
- Moleskin (to prevent irritation or abrasion)
- Needles, thread, safety pins
- Chemical ice packs, hot packs, ice bag, hot water bottle
- Cotton balls and/or swabs
- Non-mercury thermometer
For Special Conditions
- Diabetic supplies, emergency sugar or glucose solution
- Asthma supplies such as inhalers
- Contact lens supplies such as saline solution and spare lens cases
- Injectable epinephrine (adrenaline) such as Epi-pen for insect allergies and oral antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
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