Have you heard that age old saying that goes, "Hope for the best, but plan for the worst?" Well, this saying is pretty applicable when discussing how to prepare for hurricane season. We have already discussed the need for a food kit, but there is another kit that is just as important surviving the storms: an emergency kit. An emergency kit is a basic compilation of first aid supplies and other necessities, should the worst occur. In this post, I will explain to you in three easy steps how to make this kit.
1. First Aid- Make sure that your kit includes anything you might need to heal a wound. FEMA has posted some essentials that need to be included:
- Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex
- Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
- Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Burn ointment
- Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
- Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
- Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
- Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies
- Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
3. Portable Kits- Going off of the idea of taveling families, it is a good idea to have an emergency kit in your car. I, personally, carry a duffle bag in the back of my car with water bottles, medical supplies, food, bathroom supplies, and a map. I know this sounds a little overkill, but we have all seen the damage that natural disasters can create. The events in the past few years have proven that storms are swift and merciless, so be prepared for everything.
Like I always mention, your properties require protection during the storms, also. Call us if you would like any advice on how to best protect yourself and your assets. We would love to help you!
By Kelly Jones