In the modern world there are no shortage of threats to our personal freedoms and the society we live in. Terrorist attacks, the threat of nuclear war, global warming, or even far out apocalyptic scenarios that have found their way into the global consciousness. As such, preparation is something we all must consider in case the worst were to happen, and how we would protect our loved ones. Medical care is certainly a hot topic with that in mind, but what can you do to be ready for a major disaster?
First aid kits are very much the optimum way to prepare for potential medical situations in a state of emergency. They should have all the basic items that would be found in any household kit, but certain items are more vital than others.
What is included in an emergency first aid kit?
A cursory web search reveals that there are all kinds of different emergency first aid kits available, ranging from 70 piece to 150 piece kits for sale at varying prices. However, they all contain many of the same basic items:
Bandages – Varying sizes and shapes, for treating wounds, stopping bleeding, and generally treating small cuts and minor injuries. It is recommended that there is a substantial supply of dressings to cater for any possible scenario.
Disinfectant – Antiseptics to clean wounds and prevent infection. Alcohol can be used as substitute, but antiseptic wipes are certainly a more sterile solution.
Steri-strips/stitching kit – This varies somewhat, but generally there will be something available to use in order to close wounds that require stitches.
While you can buy first aid kits that contain a number of essential medical supplies, it is certainly advisable to customise your kit somewhat. For example, if you are on any prescription medicines, it is worth having at least 2 weeks’ worth of said medication ready for any potential emergency. In addition general survival items, such as a Swiss army knife, or a pen knife can be very useful in conjunction with the contents of the pre-assembled first aid kit.
As obvious as it may seem, having clean water is something that should be considered when putting together a personalised first aid kit. Although your survival preparations will likely have encompassed stockpiling bottled water, having the ability to turn dirty water into clean drinking water is certainly worthwhile, especially in case your water supply becomes contaminated. Water purification tablets, or a Lifestraw will allow you to have access to clean water regardless, and as such should appear in any survivalist kit.
Of course there are a multitude of options for creating the ultimate first aid kit, and the more you can have available the better. Inevitably it is nearly impossible to plan for every eventuality, but having the basics available in ready-made kits, as well as a few essentials of your own, should allow you to adapt no matter what the situation is, and be ready to survive the worst of whatever you have to endure, safely and without the worry of running out of supplies.
Author bio: John Summers is a blogger and advocate of preparedness who writes here for Falcon Industrial, an online retailer of first aid kits and other safety related products.