Thursday, March 28, 2013

Prepare for Disasters Part 2

Medical Supplies


The second part of this series is about medical supplies. During Hurricane Katrina, our local hosptial became low on medications. Some hosptials were short on staff because they couldn't get to work. Road closures and flooding made it near impossible to get to a hospital. 

Do you have enough medical supplies on hand? Imagine over a month of stores being closed. Here are a few items to keep on hand in case of an emergency:

1. A First Aid kit is a good start. Make sure there are bandages for large wounds in it. 


2. An Eye Wash Kit is a great thing to have.
3. Tweezers for splinters and other uses.
4.  Alcohol for cleaning wounds and hands.
5. If you have time, fill all prescriptions. 

6. Pain relievers and antihistamines


Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website for more emergency preparing tips. 

Check out Tender Corp First Aid Kits for the best in First Aid Products. 

32 comments:

  1. Looks like a pretty comprehensive list. I would include needle and thread for an on-the-go stitches kit. Not the absolutely best circumstances, but in an emergency, it may be needed.

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  2. This is a great post. A lot of people don't realize that they need to have some of this on hand when they live in areas susceptible to natural disasters....not just run out and get it when something is forecasted to head their way!

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  3. I have several first aid kits around my house! They always come in handy!

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  4. Great post with some much-needed advice. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Great list - I would've never thought about an eye wash kit - but definitely something that seems like it would be needed - thanks!

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  6. I would add baby wipes to the list. In a disaster clean water may be scarce but you can clean your hands with baby wipes and then use hand sanitizer to disinfect.

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  7. I'm so happy you wrote about this. So many people forget about medical supplies when thinking about disaster preparation. I love to use my coupons to stock up on medical supplies. People might think I'm crazy for keeping multiples of stuff on hand, but it will be needed if a disaster should ever happen! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Being prepared ahead of time can help get you through anything! Great article

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  9. Thanks for sharing your helpful, practical article with us!

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  10. thanks, good to have this list and everything on it

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  11. Great list of ways to prepare, thanks for taking the time to post this. It really gets you thinking about being prepared.

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  12. I did not think of an eye wash kit. Thanks another helpful article.

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  13. i wouldnt have thought of the eye wash kit either..or the tweezers.. going to have to add them to mine

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  14. I keep two kits around the house just in case.

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  15. We have a very well stocked first aid kit that includes extras of needed prescriptions to get us by for a few days. We remember to swap out the meds every couple of months so nothing is expired. We also have smaller kits for the car.

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  16. thanks for the awesome info!

    My Name: Heather Abbe
    My Email: abbegirl1977 at gmail dot com

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  17. Great list of ways to prepare you never know what or when anything can happen .

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  18. It's always a smart more to keep medical supplies in an Emergency Kit, you never know if you'll need them - so - I always have a box with many different medical supplies.

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  19. We need to make a kit like this. We are way unprepared. Thanks for the helpful post :)

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  20. I just checked my kit over the weekend and everything is good.
    But I do need an eye wash kit.
    Thanks.
    :)Jeanne Bates Tennant

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  21. I am slowly preparing an emergency kit. I want one for the car and one for the house.

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  22. ya know this is interesting..because when I'm pregnant I have to remain on blood thinners. If I don't have any I could get a blood clot. how scary it would be without my meds!

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  23. I have a kit in the car and in the house. Prescriptions are where I need to work on an extra supply.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  24. It's always great to be prepared! Thanks for this post!

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  25. All quite important to have, especially those required prescriptions. A first aid kit that is more like a stock of supplies to last months would be the best solution it seems. It's true that medical care can be taken for granted in these situations and even available, the health care workers and their supplies might not be enough to take care of everyone right away. Thanks for these reminders!

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  26. I have a decent amount of medical supplies. I've also been learning about the uses of native plants for healing.

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  27. Michelle HendersonMay 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    This really is a wonderful post. This is something a lot of people really do not have on hand. Living in Florida, I'm here to tell you...this comes in handy during Hurricane season. Great information...thank you.

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  28. hmmm...interesting...i don't have back-up meds but i do have a first aid kit. will have to look into that. Thanks

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  29. This reminded me the go check my First Aid kit, I need to pick up a few things too. Thanks for the reminder.

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  30. I'm lacking the eye wash kit. I will have to put this on my list to keep on hand. Thank you.

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