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20 Days to Ready: Fix Up a First Aid Kit (Day 9)

20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks. ASSIGNMENT: Compile a First Aid Kit… Allstate https://i0.wp.com/blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/09FirstAid-e1471282011976.jpg?fit=960%2C662&ssl=1
20 Days to Ready: Fix Up a First Aid Kit (Day 9)
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20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks.

ASSIGNMENT: Compile a First Aid Kit

First aid kits are a must-have in any emergency plan. Even though you can buy these pre-made, if you go this route, it’s a good idea to check the kit contents and the expiration dates, just to make sure you have everything you need.

You can, of course, also make your own. The American Red Cross says that a first aid kit for a family of four should include:

  • Two pairs of non-latex gloves
  • Two 5 x 9 inch absorbent compress dressings
  • Adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • Bandages and gauze
    • One 3-inch wide roller bandage
    • One 4-inch wide roller bandage
    • Five 3 x 3 inch sterile gauze pads
    • Five 4 x 4 inch sterile gauze pads
    • 25 Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
    • Two triangular bandages
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Five antiseptic wipe packets
  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • Oral thermometer (be sure it is not glass and does not contain mercury)
  • Breathing masks with one-way valve
  • Instant cold pack
  • First aid instruction book
  • Blanket/space blanket
  • Personal items, such as
    • Medication (including prescriptions and other health-related items)
    • Emergency phone numbers

Ready.gov also suggests making sure you have over-the-counter medications on hand, such as:

  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Antacid
  • Laxative

If you’re making your own kit, store items in airtight bags and a sturdy container that’s easy to carry, says Ready.gov. The Red Cross also recommends keeping a first aid kit in your car and another in your home.

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Originally published April 2014