Accidents and catastrophes happen all the time resulting in serious injury and wanton loss of life. The smart thing to do is to be prepared for disaster beforehand – and there is no better way of disaster preparedness than having some emergency supplies on the ready. The following are the top 5 recommended emergency supplies:
1. Water and Food
Water is just as important as food. A human being can survive on water alone for up to 39 days. It is a good idea to have some water stored just in case the catastrophe that strikes interferes with plumbing. One gallon should be sufficient per head for one day. You should store enough water to last three days if you intend to be evacuated in case of emergency or two weeks if you will remain at home until the emergency is contained.
Stocking on a generous supply of non-perishable foodstuffs can also come in handy in case of emergency. You may be forced to remain indoors for a number of days so it is a good idea to always buy cereals, dried fruits and other non-perishable foods. When disaster strikes, start consuming the perishables first and finish with the non-perishables especially if there is intermittent electricity supply.
2. Cleaning agents and disinfectants
Cleaning agents like betadine, or just your ordinary soap can go a long way in preventing infection. Wounds should be cleaned as soon as the injury happens and also every time they are being dressed. It is a good idea to have a topical antibiotic in your first aid kit. Using topic antibiotics when cleaning wounds not only helps to prevent further infection but it also helps the wound to heal faster. methylated and surgical spirit can also help in disinfecting wounds. If you are caught off-guard, you can improvise by using lemon juice, salty water or some alcohol.
Even though you might not suffer injury from a natural catastrophe, the inevitable tasks associated with rebuilding might result in an occasional cut and nick thanks to using tools like saws, nails, and hammers. Bandages help wounds to heal faster because they prevent the wound from getting contaminated with germs. Prevention is very important in emergency situations so every family should invest heavily in a generous supply of bandages.
4. Prescription and over the counter drugs
It is of utmost importance to always have backup medication that either you or any of your family members take. It might not be possible to access a pharmacy in the event of an emergency so you may want to have enough prescription drugs to last 1-2 weeks just to be safe. In some cases like diabetes, it might help to have some foods that help keep the condition in check. It is also a good idea to stock some over the counter drugs for treating pain, nausea, diarrhea, acidity etc.
Tweezers can come in handy when dealing with wounded persons. A disposable tweezer can be used to hold back the skin to make it easier to remove foreign objects from a wound before cleaning and dressing it. Plastic tweezers should be disposed after use but stainless steel ones can be sanitized and reused.
So there you have it – the top 5 must have emergency supplies. Make a point of investing in these and you will be more prepared to deal with disaster the next time it strikes.