When an emergency is happening the most useful preparedness education you have could be your medical education. Do you have children that take medication? Do you have a well stocked home pharmacy? Do you have basic knowledge of herbal therapy? Here are a few tips to prepare your home for a medical emergency.
First Aid Classes
First aid classes are a must when it comes to being prepared for emergencies and natural disasters. The Red Cross is the a great resource when it come to first aid education. They have more than CPR and Medical Assistant training. They also have classes on bloodborne pathogens, and first aid for pets. If you would like to have more hands on experience sign up to be a volunteer. You could help more than your family in a time of emergency.
The First Aid Kit
If you are going to spend money on anything in your prepping stock, spend it on your first aid kit. You need more than just bandages. You need to make sure you have the proper material for splints, a CPR mouth cover as well as a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, and thermometer. Also be sure to have scissors, medical tape, and clamps. Keep burn cream in stock as well as astringent to clean out wounds.
If you don’t have a working knowledge of herbs you should keep a book on hand to tell you how to make herbal remedies as well as what each herb does and in what form the herbal remedy takes. This can include tinctures, teas, poultices, and aromatherapy. Keep herbs in storage. Keep them in the form of plants, cooking herbs, or roots such as ginger or garlic bulbs. Make sure the book has the proper dosage amounts for children as well as adults. It is possible to overdose on a herbal product. It is also important to be knowledgeable about your local plants and what medicinal value they have.
A Surplus of Medicine
It’s important to have a three month supply of medication if your insurance allows it. You can also ask your doctor to write the prescription specifically to be dispensed three months at a time. There are some medications where it is not possible to have a three month supply. Know what they are and what alternative you have. It is also important to keep a stock of over the counter medications that your family uses on a regular basis. This includes anything from pain killers to stomach acid relief.
It may be an investment up front, but it’s always “cheaper” to be prepared than to suffer the consequences on not being prepared.
I grew up in earthquake country. I can still visualize being a child sitting in front of the television, watching the news with my family after a huge earthquake. The big question that we heard asked, and that we asked ourselves all the time, was “Is this the ‘Big One?” It was terrifying. Although it was never “the big one,” often those quakes brought about enough destruction that, for those most affected, the question was irrelevant.
When I got married and moved out of state, I was thrilled to be free from earthquake-anxiety. BUT, now I have other concerns: hurricanes and tornadoes! Suffice it to say that the grass really does seem greener, even when it comes to natural disasters! 😉
Whatever nature tends to send to the region in which you live, you likely need some kind of emergency supplies.
Here are just a few of the basics:
According to Ready.gov, we need to plan for 3 days. I suggest planning for longer than that. Recent disasters have revealed that government help may not arrive for much longer than that.
1. Water. How much? One gallon per person per day. Be sure that you store your water in hard plastic and to make sure that you use or pour out your water and replace it every few months. If you’re going to go through the effort to prepare, make sure it’s good stuff!
2. Food. I’m all about not using canned food or any foods with preservatives, etc. However, as I have recently been making sure that we have some sort of food in case of emergency, I bought a bunch of cans of Spaghetti-Os, canned chili, canned beans and protein bars. I’m still looking for and getting deals as I am preparing. As a matter of fact, I’m getting a great deal on a couple of boxes of protein bars online. They should be on their way soon. (**Make sure you have a manual can opener if you are buying cans!)
3. Flashlight, Radio and batteries. I’m still working on this part. We have batteries. But, they aren’t the size we need for our radio. I’m also looking at getting a hand cranked radio. Some emergency radios can also charge cell phones. Otherwise, aim to get a cell phone charger; a solar charger would be ideal.
4. First aid kit.
5. Moist towelettes or wipes and garbage bags for sanitation. If you’re already a thrifty mama diva, then you’re watching for those deals on wipes anyway. Stock up if you can get them for $0.02 or less!
6. Tools, like a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
7. Local maps. I never use maps because I always get my directions online. What happens if I can’t get online. Oh, I can’t bear the thought! Anyway, I haven’t put a check mark by this box yet. But, it’s on my list!
8. Other. If you have babies, make sure you have extra diapers, wipes and whatever supplies your baby needs. Also, if anyone in the family takes prescription medication, make sure you have extra prescriptions.
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Scroll down to this image on the website:
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Here’s a deal no one can pass up! Who doesn’t need a little first aid kit around…and for only $0.24!
At Walgreens, here’s the breakdown:
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I got my two last night! Get them before they are gone! (If they are gone, ask for a rain check).