First Aid

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Emergency Car Kit

By JoAnn K.

Having emergency supplies readily available in our vehicles is always a good idea.  Most of us spend several hours each week or even each day away from the comforts and convenience of home.  When an emergency strikes, if we have our Emergency Car Kit with us in our vehicle we will be in a much better position of comfort and convenience until help can arrive or conditions improve so we can continue to our destination.

It sounds like common sense and also seems so easy; yet, many of us struggle with the assembly of these Emergency Car Kits given the limitations of space and extremes in temperature the interior of a car will encounter over the course of a year.

Keeping our Emergency Car Kits simple may provide the motivation and direction we need to assemble the kits and actually put them into our vehicles.

Let’s remember the basics of life: water, food, protection.

Water 

  • It is recommended by FEMA that we store 3 gallons per person (1 gallon per person per day for 72 hours).  This quantity includes water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene.  If you don’t have enough room for the full quantity of water in your vehicle just store as much as you can; although 3 gallons per person is the ideal some is better than none.
  • Keep in mind that different size water containers may help you achieve your goal; while gallon jugs are easy to carry, you probably can’t store one under your seat (at least not without breaking it).  However, smaller size containers can fit in the nooks and crannies, under the seat, in the seat pockets, in the glove box, and of course in the trunk.
  • Try to use or buy water containers that can expand if frozen, the extra ribbing (fancy bumps and designs in the plastic of commercial water bottles) will usually allow the bottle to expand without breaking should the water freeze in your vehicle – some bottles have more ribbing than others.

Food 

  • Choose items that won’t spoil with extremes in temperatures and that won’t make you excessively thirsty.  This means no canned foods and no dehydrated fruits that have a high moisture content (those that are sticky to the touch like raisins and apricots – these will mold quickly in a hot humid vehicle).
  • Graham crackers, a box of your favorite cold breakfast cereal, granola bars, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are some examples of the types of things that can be stored in a vehicle.

Protection 

  • Since you most likely can rely on your vehicle for protection we will focus instead on clothing and blankets.  While you may be safe in your vehicle from a rain or snow storm the temperatures inside the vehicle will still become cold.  Add an extra pair of warm clothes to your kit or a blanket or two.
  • Consider adding a poncho or rain coat (and of course an umbrella).
  • Consider adding a hat and gloves as well.
  • If you often wear dress shoes put a pair of tennis shoes in your kit.

Once we have these basics covered and in our vehicle we can then start adding additional comforts such as:

  • First Aid Kit (read labels carefully on medications as some will not tollerate extremes in temperature)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Multi-purpose tool and/or a knife and set of basic tools
  • Activity to occupy your mind – book to read, game to play, paper and pen to write wit
  • Road flares – alert others on the road of your presence (do not use as a light stick, they drip and have noxious fumes – place on road or other non-flammable surface)
  • Light sticks – fairly inexpensive and provide up to 12 hours of light

Storing your Emergency Car Kit can also be done in any manner you desire.  Plastic totes with lids, gallon size baggies (there are even larger sizes now that zip closed and keep the contents dry), and cardboard boxes are just a few examples.

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DIY Car First Aid Kit

Instructions on how to make a compact First Aid kit for your car using a placemat and 1 gallon size ziplock bags.

By Carmel C.

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Supplies

  • Cloth Place Mat – approx. 12″x18″
  • 1 yard of 1 1/4″ wide ribbon
  • Heavy (carpet) thread
  • 6 one gallon zip-loc plastic bags

Project

1.  Pin the ribbon down the center of the place mat, on the 18′ side, leaving tails at each end for tying.

2.  Sew up each side of the ribbon and anchor it at each end of the place mat, by stitching 2 or 3 times.

3.  Open the placemat with the ribbon on the under side and place 3 zip-loc bags with the opening towards the left and 3 bags wiith the opening to the right.

4.  Overlap the bags in the middle, adjusting the length to the size of the placemat, so the bags don’t show over the top.

5.  Sew down the middle of all layers of bags at once. Stitch again, about 1/4″ from the center seam on both sides, for strength.

6.  Fill the bags with First Aid Supplies and tie the kit shut with the ribbon. Place under the seat of your car.

First Aid Supplies for Each Zip-loc Bag:

1. Gauze (squares or a roll), adhesive tape, scissors, band-aids, butterfly bandage strips, antiseptic cream, tweezers. antiseptic towelettes or alcohol swabs, sanitary napkins for compresses.

2. Latex gloves, dust masks to ward off germs, elastic bandage with safety pins.

3. Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, wash cloth, bar of soap.

4. Pain and discomfort supplies: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or other pain pills, cold and allergy pills, Benadryl for itch and bee stings, gas relief pills, Imodium for diarrhea, eye drops, pain reliever cream, burn ointment and lip balm.

5. Foil blankets, hand warmers, instant ice pack, packet of tissue.

6. First Aid book, glucose tablets and snacks for diabetics,  pencil and pad of paper.

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Let’s Make a Survival Kit

Winter Storm 2009 in Western Kentucky

white winter gifA recent eye opening experience about Emergency Preparedness

By Howard & Willa, Paducah, Kentucky (close relatives of Brigitte)

We have had ice storms. We have had power outages. We have many a weatherman say that this could be a “big one”. Most of the time such warnings bring about a rush to the grocery to purchase an extra gallon of milk and a few extra bags of potato chips.

On Monday night at about 9:00 pm on January 26, 2009 I dropped our oldest son off at Grandma’s house where he would have more one on one attention should there be no school and found myself at Wal-Mart stocking up on groceries. . .

The drive home to Marion from Paducah generally took about an hour. The sleet had started to fall and the newscasters were warning people to get home and stay home. The car tires began to slip and the more I progressed toward home the heavier was the precipitation. Two hours later I arrived home to a worried husband and settled in for what I figured would be a long day or two. . .

Chili sounded like the perfect meal for an icy day so preparations were made for a chili dinner. Just as the chili was heating the lights blinked off for about a minute and then came back on. It was nearly three in the afternoon but we began looking for every flashlight that we could find. The electricity blinked once more and then was gone. We weren’t too worried. We’d had the electricity off for a day or two at a time. This would be an adventure! . . .  To read more of this true story and learn what Howard and Willa learned about Emergency Preparedness during a very long week in January – click here.

Some 72-Hour Kits Provide False Sense of Security

By JoAnn K.

I remember when I put together my first 72-hour food kit at a ward activity; I thought it was the neatest most compact “real” food kit I had ever seen. Someone had taken the time (not me) to painstakingly purchase and try out various food products and package sizes for 9 complete meals (3 each of breakfast, lunch, and dinner) that would all fit perfectly (in the right sequence, much like a puzzle) into a 1/2 gallon milk carton. . .

I thought this was brilliant . . .

Fast forward two years and as we moved again I decided I was going to open the “milk carton” kits and see what they were like 5 years into their 6 year storage life. Can you guess? . . . click to discover the horror!

 

First Aid Kit for the Household

by LDS Intelligent Living

After doing some research about First Aid, I got motivated and decided to check my First Aid kits. I knew I hadn’t changed anythingFirst Aid Kit Bandages for years in the containers. It was time to update and add a few extra things too. Feeling more confident from my recent knowledge, I decided to do something about my neglected kits and involve my family in the process.

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I have kept the First Aid supplies for the house in a tackle box for years (an idea I got from a TV show) and used a pre-made kit for the car.

more first aid and more 002I decided to upgrade the house container to a bigger size because I wanted to keep my supplies in one place and since I use herbal First Aid too I needed more space to fit everything in.

I prepared a new First Aid kit for the car using the old tackle box.

As I shopped around, I kept in mind the features I wanted the container to have:

  • Easy to carry
  • Simple to open
  • Durable
  • Roomy enough to contain the items needed for the family
  • Good visibility of contents

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I got my children involved in organizing the supplies in both containers. As we worked, we talked about each item and how to use it (the younger kids were excited about organizing the bandages by size).

We spent a couple of hours as part of our elective for school that day (we home school) to talk about First Aid, which also helped my son pass off requirements for his Scout rank. We watched videos and discussed what to do in different emergency situations.

We talked about the importance of having emergency phone numbers and made sure those we had were up-to-date and visible in the box. We checked that all medications were dated, added the First Aid manual, and wrote the date the supplies were checked on the lid of the container. We decided to update it twice a year along with our 72-hour emergency kit at General Conference time.

We keep the First Aid kit within easy reach in one of the bedroom closet in the house (bathrooms are not ideal because of the humidity which shortens the shelf life of some of the contents of the First Aid kit).

Where are the bird-aids

If you do not have a First-Aid kit, and your budget is tight, build-up your supplies the same way you do with your food storage: gradually. A simple cardboard box will do to hold your items if that’s all you have, and ziploc bags to group and compartmentalize the supplies (keep wound supplies in one bag and medication in another). There is a wide selection of pre-made First Aid kits in many different price ranges. You need to shop around and decide what works best for you, to buy a pre-made kit or do it yourself.

Click here to view the recommended content of a First Aid Kit

Photos by LDS Intelligent Living

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