During an emergency, medical personnel will be stretched super thin, which means you may need to rely on yourself to be able to treat not only your own injuries, but those of the people around you.
First Aid is literally that—the first treatment that is provided. It may be the difference between life and death. Everyone should have a basic first aid kit. Those with more extensive first aid training should also have the tools and supplies that they are familiar with. If you haven’t received training, do so, and work to keep your knowledge current.
Don’t forget that first aid supplies expire! Keep them updated to make sure you have the newest items to treat anything from minor to major wounds. Have a first aid booklet available. If you forget what to do in the heat of the moment, the pages will be a very valuable resource to you.
This is possibly one of the most forgotten parts of preparedness. The last thing you want in an emergency is to become sick due to poor sanitation. If you are sick, avoid personal contact with others and wear a respirator mask when needed to avoid spreading your illness.
Using clean water is extremely important in an emergency. Always purify your water before using for cooking, drinking, or washing your body. Wash your hands and keep them away from your face. Use clean dishes and utensils, and dispose of waste properly. If you are unable to flush your toilet, you can use a portable toilet, or line your home toilet with double lined bags for disposal later.Consider creating an emergency toilet kit. It can be used in your home as well as outdoors if you need to evacuate. Include the following:
- Toilet: Either a bucket with toilet seat lid, or a pop up option.
- Toilet Paper
- Heavy-duty garbage bags or bags designed for toilet use
- Twist Ties: Ties the bags closed when not in use
- Duct Tape: Secures the garbage bags to your toilet.
- Enzymes: To break down the waste. It also helps contain the smell.
- Hand Sanitizer
- Air Freshener
- Tall Gloves: Like dishwashing gloves, just in case you need to clean up a mess.
Don’t forget about clean clothing as well. You can wash your clothes by simply using a bucket and our Mobile Washer. It’s simple, effective, and easy to bring with you. Simply add your clothes and soap, along with a little bit of water, and plunge the Mobile Washer up and down. It will suck and pull the water through your clothing to get it nice and clean. Since it doesn’t use friction like many other methods, it is gentle on your clothing.