Week 3 of 52: Emergency Medical Supply (List 1)
Experts suggest¬†that each home have¬†a¬†basic medical¬†supply¬†that¬†is unique to your family’s needs.¬† ¬†Many of us have¬†our fair share of band-aids and antibiotic ointment, but do you have medical supplies that can stop dehydration or¬†bleeding, or diarreah?¬†¬† In the event of a major disaster, such as a hurricane or earthquake, if someone in the home is injured, emergency responders cannot always get to the injured victims in time.¬† Therefore, having necessary medical supplies¬†in the home could save some one‚Äôs life if they need immediate medical assistance.¬†
Keep in mind that medicines can break down and spoil if they are subject to natural elements such as¬†moisture, temperature fluctuations and exposure to light.¬† Did you know that aspirin has a tendency to begin¬†breaking down¬†when it is exposed to a slight amount of moisture?¬†¬†Find an area in the home that has easy access and preferably located¬†in a cool, dark¬†area¬†that is out of children‚Äôs reach.¬†¬†¬†Also, check expiration dates periodically to ensure the medicines are still good to use.¬† The below list of items will serve as a foundation for future medical supply lists.¬†
Preps to buy:¬†
- Aspirin or non-Aspirin pain reliever
- Stool softeners
- Feminine hygiene supplies
- Disposable hand wipes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Extra baby needs (diapers, wipes, pacifiers, bottles, medicine,¬†etc)
- 1 week of prescription medications
- Extra pair of reading glasses (optional)
Buy a local and state map to put in your vehicle.
Create an evacuation route in case you have to evacuate your town due to a disaster.¬† Map out¬†mulitple escape¬†routes to fall back on.¬† Click here to know¬† the signs of when to evacuate/bug out¬†your home or community.
Sign up for a CPR/First aid class with your local area Red Cross or through your local Emergency Management¬†Service¬†department.¬† For those of you who are short on time, you can find online disaster¬†skills¬†training courses that can be done in the convenience of your own¬†home.¬† Click here for a list of¬† organizations that provide online emergency education courses.
Author: Tess Pennington
Web Site: http://www.ReadyNutrition.com/
Date: May 13th, 2011