It’s week 3 in our Be Prepared like a Normal Person series. This week it’s first aid and hygiene. Ready?
We are getting into the tricky part of emergency preparedness – expiry dates. From here on in with our preparing we must adopt the motto of Mad-Eye Moody:
We need to keep track of what supplies are expiring, cycle them out and replace them. This is the biggest task of emergency preparedness. But also the most important. Out of date allergy medication isn’t going to help anyone in a tangle of ragweed.
There are two ways to go about getting your hands on a first aid kit
- Buy a ready made one
- Make one
- Bandages, all sizes and lots of them
- Adhesive tape
- Sterile gauze pads, several sizes
- Disinfectant alcohol wipes
- Hot and cold packs
- Surgical masks
- Antibiotic ointment
- Allergy medication
- Pain medication
- Diarrhea medication
- Warming blanket
- Second skin
- Saline solution
- Any regional specific medications such as: snake bite kits, poison ivy soap
If you or a family member needs specialized medications on an ongoing basis, please get to your doctor and figure out the best way to procure and store your medication in an emergency situation.
Personal Care and Hygiene
You might be thinking “It’s a freakin’ emergency who is going to care about teeth brushing?” To that I say “Do not underestimate the restorative properties of clean teeth.” “An example?” You ask. Certainly:
After 36 or so hours of labour when the doctors and my midwives and my husband and I all agreed that my first born was going to be born by Cesarean birth the last thing I did before they wheeled me into the OR was brush my teeth. Because after 2 days of unproductive labour a clean mouth made me feel good. Also who wants to meet their new baby with bad breath.
And tell me this friends – how are we going to accomplish anything in an emergency with chapped lips and no lipbalm to be found? Huh?
We’re not. If you do nothing else in this preparedness series for the love of all that is holy pack extra lipbalm. For me.
Personal Care Necessities
- Sunscreen and sun hat
- Menstrual supplies
- Diapers and wipes
- Hand and body moisturizer
- Face cloths and hand towels
- Toilet paper and tissues
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Warm gloves and hat
- Clean out and update your home first aid kit and medications.
- Organize special medications and travel letters for those who need it.
- Procure three days worth of personal care products.
- Create an expiry date chart to keep track of your expiring products. A geeky spreadsheet is allowed but you must also have a paper copy. (We’re going to need this later too.)
- Prepare a car first aid kit. Store it in the car.
- Prepare a travel first aid kit to keep in your purse or back pack. Taylor the kit to your activities.
- Sign up for a local first aid course.
- Study survival first aid. (Here’s a hint: start at the library)
What supplies could you not live without in an emergency? Any must have supplies in your first aid kit to add?