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The Practical Prepper
First aid is an important part of our preparedness planning. Of course, we rely on medical professionals, but we also know how to handle basic first aid in an emergency too. We feel it's important to be able to respond to immediate crises a.s.a.p., since it can make the difference between life and death.
What's more, we realize that in a major disaster, emergency services may be overloaded. For instance, in a major weather event (snow storm, hurricane, etc.) the authorities may be occupied are centralized care centers, so help at our home may be unavailable, or long in coming.
Therefore, we've realized that we must have both first aid supplies and the skills/knowledge to use them.
We keep first multiple first aid kits. We have our main supplies in one central location in our house. However, we also maintain some first-aid supplies in our cars, and a portable kit in our evacuation supplies. Our portable kits are customized for our needs, and have a bit more than the most low-cost prepackaged kits you'll find in stores:
This is the core set of supplies that we maintain in our first aid kits; we customize and add to them as we need to do so, keeping within the available space limits. As you can see, we have redundancy in some areas within the kits (particularly sanitizing and wound dressing materials), since we always feel it's good to have multiple ways to do something.
Another important thing we keep with our first aid supplies is a good first aid reference manual. There are many manuals available, but a couple of good ones that we've gotten for free from the American Red Cross® are their Wilderness and Remote First Aid Pocket Guide and Wilderness and Remote First Aid Emergency Reference Guide. (These links will take you to PDF files that you can download and print out. You can also view the Pocket Guide or the Emergency Reference Guide as ebooks online, or visit their online store to purchase the print version.)
Of course, manuals are great reference, but it's important to learn how to perform first aid. The best way to do that is to get in person training from a certified instructor. You can check to find training nearby you at the American Red Cross' Take a Class page. Just enter your ZIP code and then the type of training you want, and you'll get a list of classes within the distance you specify.
They also have a pretty helpful online presentation that covers not only first aid kits and their use, but also talks about emergency preparedness planning as well. There are lots of linked resources within the presentation too.
Another pretty handy website we've found that provides basic (and free) online training for first aid and CPR at www.firstaidweb.com. The presentations are easy to use and according to the website, all Basic Life Support procedures demonstrated in their free online course adhere to the same guidelines as the American Red Cross.
How about you? Do you have first aid training and supplies in place? What else have you done for your first aid preparedness?
Believing that preparedness and self-reliance are key to individual freedom, Atticus Freeman is the founder of the Self-Reliant Info blog, in addition to authoring The Practical Prepper weekly blog here on Farm Dreams. Thanks for reading!
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