Government officials sometimes devote a good deal of time and effort in distributing information about what needs to be in a first aid kit. Yet government officials seldom take the time to schedule workshops on how to administer first aid, using the contents of the first aid kit. Many times, young people who are involved in a service organization learn how to administer emergency first aid care. A wise government should thus take the time to gather the names and addresses for such young people. The government should, of course, make certain that such information remains unavailable to those not associated with any government-authorized, emergency preparations.
Too often, government officials decide “to lock the barn door after the animals in the barn have already escaped from that barn.” Too often, families get literature about what needs to be in a first aid kit after those families have endured an emergency situation. Wise government officials distribute information on what needs to be in a first aid kit before, not after, a major emergency has occurred.
A homeowner should include a first aid kit among the six items that belong in a store of emergency supplies. The other items in such a store should provide the homeowner with needed food, water, clothing and bedding, medications, and emergency tools. Those items should be stored in ready-to-go containers, in the event that the homeowner must evacuate his or her residence.
What sort of containers can the homeowner count on for transport of his or her emergency supplies? The homeowner needs a container that is both sturdy and light weight. Covered trash cans, camping backpacks and duffle bags can all keep emergency supplies both safe from harm and ready to be moved. Any one of those containers might be chosen to hold what needs to be in a first aid kit.
Most homeowners also own at least one motorized vehicle. A first aid kit should be stored in both the home and the motorized vehicle. Once the homeowner has chosen how to store his or her first aid kit, and has made plans to put such a kit in both a permanent and a movable location, then the homeowner must study available materials on what needs to be in a first aid kit.
Young parents who need to buy the supplies for first aid kit, can face the challenge of shopping while also carrying for a small child. A small child might not understand why his or her parent wants to spend time looking at sterile dressing, white gauze, alcohol-based sanitizers and anti-bacterial ointment.
The homeowner with small children might think about purchasing the “Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book” before dragging his or her children to the store for what needs to be in a first aid kit. . Having made an effort to secure that Coloring Book, the wise parent does not overlook some other important item. The homeowner should not discount the list of important papers that must be preserved during any emergency.
If not already in a bank vault, insurance papers, passports, immunization records, bank records, deeds of ownership, birth certificates and marriage certificates need to be stored in a waterproof container. That waterproof container should be sized so that it can easily slip into any collection of stored emergency gear. A wise homeowner also tucks a weather radio into any store of emergency supplies.