First Aid Supplies

Assemble a first aid kit for your home and for each vehicle.  The basics for your first aid kit should include:

  • __First aid manual
  • __Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • __Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • __Cleansing agents (isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide)/soap/germicide
  • __Antibiotic ointment
  • __ Latex gloves (2 pairs)
  • __Petroleum jelly
  • __2-inch and 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6 each size)
  • __Triangular bandages (3)
  • __2-inch and 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls each)
  • __Cotton balls
  • __Scissors
  • __Tweezers
  • __Needle
  • __Moistened towelettes
  • __Antiseptic
  • __Thermometer
  • __Tongue depressor blades (2)
  • __Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • __Sunscreen.

It may be difficult to obtain prescription medications during a disaster because stores may be closed or supplies may be limited. Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications. Be sure they are stored to meet instructions on the label and be mindful of expirations dates­—be sure to keep your stored medication up to date.

The following items may also come in handy:

  • __Extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lens.
  • __Have the following nonprescription drugs in your disaster supply kit:
  • __Aspirin and nonaspirin pain reliever
  • __Antidiarrhea medication
  • __Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • __Syrup of ipecac (use to induce vomiting if  advised by  the poison control center)
  • __Laxative
  • __Vitamins.