Emergency First aid kits come in many shapes and sizes.
Some emergency first aid kits are designed for specific activities, such as hiking, camping or boating. You can purchase one online, from your local sporting goods store or your local drug store may sell them. You can also make your own for your home and vehicle.
To be prepared for disasters or emergencies:
- Keep a first aid kit in your home and in your car.
- Carry a first aid kit with you or know where you can find one.
- Find out the location of first aid kits where you work.
The American Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four (4) should include the following emergency supplies:
- 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
- 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
- 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
- 5 antiseptic wipe packets
- 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
- 1 blanket (space blanket)
- 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
- 1 instant cold compress
- 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
- 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
- 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
- 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
- Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
- 2 triangular bandages
- First aid instruction booklet
Whether you buy a basic first aid kit or put one together, make sure it has all the items you may need:
- Include any personal items such as medications and emergency phone numbers or other items your healthcare provider may suggest.
- Check the first aid kit supplies regularly.
- Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents.
- If you assemble your own home first aid kit, store the items in airtight plastic bags and put your all the first aid supplies in one easy-to-carry container such as plastic bin, a small backpack or gym bag.
Source: American Red Cross
The next steps are very Important.
Familiarize yourself and complete each one. Once completed, your emergency preparedness plan will be finished. All that’s left, is to keep it your emergency supplies and kits updated.
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