Adding First Aid Supplies to your Preparedness Plan
Once you have built up your emergency food supply, a good next step is to begin to assemble a first aid kit. Whether you are dealing with a natural disaster, severe weather, or simply a power outage; having a good first aid kit/supplies will help you be prepared to take immediate action.
However, having first aid supplies goes beyond just the immediate aftermath. In the event of a disaster, first aid supplies may become scarce, meaning having a first aid kit ready to go may be a necessity in the aftermath of a disaster.
Fortunately, first aid kits are plentiful today and relatively cheap. You can get the things you need for them and just resupply as needed as an ongoing process.
This has the advantage of preparing you for more than just what we typically think of as a disaster. We all get cuts, bruises, and scrapes from time to time. It is a normal part of life. If you have children around you, this becomes even more common as they are constantly getting minor injuries caused by running around and enjoying life.
Having a first aid kit, just for the normal flow of life, is critical. It would be wise to have it easily accessible and ready to use at all times. Say you cut your finger while preparing food. The last thing you want to do is bleed all over everything while you rifle through your stuff to find a bandage. It would be better to have first aid supplies ready and in the kitchen to help you get the problem remedied.
In addition to having a first aid kit, be sure to know how to use it. Do you know how to clean out a wound so you’re sure it won’t become infected? Can you deal with other minor bumps and bruises? What kinds of medicine (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, etc.) are appropriate for which circumstances?
Today, the internet has the answers to those questions readily available for you. However, in the event of an emergency you may not have internet access. Even if you do, it is hard to tell someone to sit still and not bleed too much while you look online to figure out how to handle a simple issue.
Simply put, it is better to have the resources and the knowledge ready and accessible so that you can be prepared in the event of a major disaster or emergency.
Similar to getting that first extra week’s worth of food, getting a first aid kit is nice because it doesn’t really cost much extra money. Instead, you are purchasing something you will most assuredly need in advance. This can save money as well.
Once you purchase a kit and have a list of items you need, you can simply purchase in bulk and replenish supplies as you need them. Doing so will make sure you get good prices and are always ready in the event of a need.
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