Your First Aid Kit in case of an Earthquake
You first aid kit should be accessible and portable. A small tackle box or a water tight container makes a good first aid kit, or it can be as simple as a re-sealable freezer bag (double bagged). Consider the type of first aid kit you plan to build and where you will keep it.
Keeping your home first aid it in a central location helps to keep it accessible during large or small emergencies, it’s a good idea to maintain individual first aid kits for the home, car, trailer or boat. Some places to keep first aid kits include:
- Bathroom cabinet
- Kitchen cabinet
In the case of emergency earthquake preparedness keep one close to an entrance to the house.
No matter what you pack for bandaging material or splints, it is highly recommended that your first aid kit have a cellular phone. Although in some circumstances you may not be able to access emergency medical services, a cell phone will give you a head start.
Cell phones require enough battery power to turn on but they don’t need a contract with a service to call 9-1-1. Federal law mandates that cell phones must be able to reach 9-1-1 at any time, regardless of service agreement, therefore an old cell phone will do. If you don’t have one, there are programs to unite old, unused cell phones with people who need them for emergencies.
It is also a good idea to include a laminated list of contacts, with phone numbers out of the region. Anyone with a medical problem should have their up-to-date medical information on a laminated sheet of paper and some emergency medication included in the kit.
For the rest of your first aid kit, you’ll need:
- Acetaminophen, or ibuprofen or some other pain reliever
- Alcohol wipes
- Antiseptic hand cleaner
- Medical adhesive tape
- Sterile gauze (several different sizes)
- Elastic bandages
- Several sizes of adhesive bandages
- Insect bit swabs
- Triple-antibiotic ointment
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Bandage scissors
- Triangular bandages
- Instant cold packs (2)
- Exam gloves
- Barrier device for CP
Also include a first aid book to assist when the only person available to administer first aid does not have the knowledge.