How to create your own first aid and emergency kits so you can be prepared!
One thing about living, you never know what will happen next. Good or bad. And, drat it all, bad things do happen. My axiom is simple-if you are prepared for it, it probably won’t happen. Then where are you? Mother to a lot of useful stuff that will come in handy-eventually.
We are not immune to disasters, no matter where we live. Consider tornadoes, hurricanes, wild fires, earthquakes, floods, chemical evacuations, not to mention just downright vicious storm systems-among various threats. Anything can happen in your neighborhood at any time. The wise are prepared.
Basic first aid kits are essential to keep around the house. I once found one of my kids hoarding Band-Aids®! Takes after Mom. Prepared.
Here is what the experts have to say. The American Red Cross recommends this collection as the basic first aid kit:
For the Long Haul—Getting Serious
Face it, the chances of this happening to you are slim at best. But, if it should happen, think earthquake, hurricane, tornado, flood, violent storm, Mother Nature on a rampage, survive it! You may be on your own for awhile. What if you get stranded in your car in a snowstorm? Will you be able to live in the car, or hike out? These are not unreasonable events. Especially in the north.
In winter, you want to pack winter appropriate gear. Likewise in summer. But summer gear doesn’t cut it in winter! Those cute hiking sandals are lousy for winter treks.
My friend, Bob Leary, taught survival in the U.S. Army for years, as well as lived it. Here is what he recommends:
Backpack and Fanny pack—Get a sturdy, tough (not bookbag) backpack or rucksack. These can be purchased from Army/Navy surplus stores or catalogs, as well as through sportsman’s and outdoor shops. In an emergency, you will be carrying this load yourself and you don’t want it falling apart! He has two kits. The really down to basics kit that fits in a fanny pack, and the backpack version. With another set in his vehicle. All these goodies can be found in outdoors and camping shops, hardware stores with camping supply corners, and surplus stores.
In both packs—the minimum
Most of this stuff is quite inexpensive, except the knife-don’t get a cheap one! It won’t work, nor last.
In addition, in the backpack:
Now that you have your kits
Right, you think, what do you do with them? For starters, keep a kit in your car. Somewhere accessible from the inside in case you get trapped.
In your house, for quick evacuations-place the bag(s) where you can grab them on the way out. They may not look cool or fit your decor, but they could save your life.
Prepare Your Own Disaster Survival Kit
Note: The text on this page is in the public domain. It is from “Disaster Supplies Kit” developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross. You can get your own copy from their website, www.redcross.org, as downloadable PDF format or by calling their local chapter phone number.
Review the checklist below. Gather the supplies that are listed. You may need them if your family is confined at home. Place the supplies you’d most likely need for an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. These supplies are listed with an asterisk (*).
There are six basics you should stock for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container-suggested items are marked with an asterisk(*).
Possible Containers Include:
Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car.
Keep items in airtight plastic bags.
Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months.
Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
General Disaster Preparedness Information
As a homeowner, Kitty Werner (daughter of home improvement columnist Henri de Marne) has over 30 years of practical on-the-job training--starting with an old Vermont ski lodge that ran out of water the first day. She has fixed electric wiring, replumbed fixtures, finished off a bathroom, added a large addition, dealt with lightning storms blowing out the water supply, electric lines coming down, days without power and water, and all manner of exciting events.
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