Survival First Aid Kit
Survival First Aid Kit
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Vital to any survival is a first aid kit
Surgical masks to prevent infection should also be in all first aid kits. Over the counter medications (OTC) that should be included are non-aspirin pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, vomiting and diarrhea medications and throat lozenges. A basic first aid guide, available through the American Red Cross, should be included as well.
Items Needed in an Emergency
The differences between a standard first aid kit and a survival first aid kit are small. Survival kits include items that may be needed during a disaster or emergency. Standard first aid kits are designed to take care of minor everyday injuries. Injuries that are usually treated by emergency responders such as a broken leg may not be treated for hours or days during an emergency.
Additional items that will help you provide first aid during an emergency include:
Age Appropriate Meds
If you have infants or children in your family make sure you include age-appropriated OTCs; youngsters should never be given adult-strength medications. A pain-relieving muscle preparation will provide relief from overexertion or strain.
If you, or a family member, take prescription medications daily you should keep a minimum of 5 to 7 days supply in this kit. A copy of the original prescription should also be kept with this medication. In the event that the prescription needs refilled you will have the means to do so.
Safe Drinking Water
Water may become an issue during a survival situation or emergency. Keeping a portable water filter or Katadyne Water purification tablets in your kit will allow you to provide safe drinking water. A collapsible water container attached to or included in this kit will allow you to provide water. These containers come in 1 to 5 gallon sizes.
While food may not be considered a first aid supply it will be important during an emergency. Survival tablets that contain the necessary vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are good things to have in your kit. Daily multi-vitamins are also helpful. Instant foods and beverages store well and take up little space. These can provide warmth and comfort in an emergency.
Having a first aid kit and a survival first aid kit stocked and on hand may be one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family.
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