In most disasters, whether it’s a hurricane, a terrorist attack, or a city full of looters, people get hurt. Survival first aid is essential in these situations, but very hard to come by due to overcrowded hospitals. After food, water and shelter, medical supplies and a good book on first aid should be your next priority.
Fortunately, it isn’t very expensive to assemble your own first aid kit. Consider all the most likely disaster scenarios, how many people will be with you, their health, and what types of medical emergencies might occur. Now examine the list below and make adjustments based on your personal situation.
Note: You can get the bandages and dressings together in one kit from The Ready Store for about $25. However, there are many important items that are not included in that particular kit. Those are listed below under “additional items.”
Now I don’t expect everyone to immediately run out and buy all these items. I like to print lists and keep them on my desk so every weekend I can look for a couple more things and cross them off the list.
1-1/2″x1-1/2″ patch plastic bandage
1″x3″ adhesive plastic bandages
1″x3″ fabric bandages
2″x4″ elbow & knee plastic bandages
3/4″x3″ adhesive plastic bandages
3/4″x3″ fabric bandages
3/8″x1-1/2″ junior plastic bandages
Fingertip fabric bandages
Knuckle fabric bandages
1/2″x5 yard first aid tape roll
2″x2″ moleskin squares
4″x5″ instant cold compress
6″x11/16″ finger splint
2″ conforming gauze roll bandage
2″x2″ gauze pads
3″x3″ gauze dressing pads
4″x4″ gauze dressing pads
5″x9″ trauma pad
Medicine and Antiseptics:
Alcohol prep pads
Burn relief pack
First aid/burn cream packs
Insect sting relief ointment
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References, Tools, Etc:
3″ cotton tipped applicators
First aid book
(Not included in The Ready Store kit.
Some of these are very advanced.)
Instant hot pack
Instant cold pack
Oil of cloves
Snake bite poison extractor
Wound closure strips
If you can afford it, make two kits and keep one at home and one in your car. Keep track of expiration dates on medications and remember that most meds, depending on the season and climate, will expire several months sooner if they’re kept in the car.
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