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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has said that it will take three days for it to set up an emergency shelter in a wide spread emergency. While you may expect the American Red Cross, Baptist Men and the Salvation Army to try to put people on the ground quickly, the truth is that you will still need to be prepared to take care of your own emergency needs.

Many people believe they are covered if they have a first aid kit. The truth of the matter is that the basic first aid kit will not be nearly enough should you have to look after your own emergency needs for a long time.

A basic first aid kit should include:

  • Ace bandages or wraps
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Ammonia inhalants or “smelling salts”
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Anti-diarrheal medicine
  • Antihistamines
  • Bandana
  • Burn dressings and/or ointment
  • Butterfly bandages
  • Cold medicine
  • Decongestant
  • Dental tools
  • Eye wash
  • Forceps
  • Pads and Gauze bandages
  • Hemostatic dressings to stop bleeding quickly
  • Hemostats
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Instant hot & cold packs
  • alcohol wipes or swabs or Iodine to sterilization
  • Moleskin
  • Pain relievers
  • Petrolatum dressings
  • Potassium iodide
  • Providence-iodine (PVPI) topical antiseptics
  • Scalpels
  • EMT shears” are best Scissors
  • Splints
  • Sterile gloves
  • Sterile sutures
  • Sun Screen
  • Surgical tape or other medical-grade tape
  • Thermometer
  • Tincture of iodine
  • Tweezers

We strongly recommend that everyone take a great first aid course, which is available from the American Red Cross or your local hospital. Realize that during an emergency when there is no ambulance minutes away, there may be a need to know more first aid than these classes offer.


While medicine has advanced quite a ways in the last few years, in a survival situation, the truth of the matter is that older first aid manuals may prove very important, because they use equipment that is more basic. Some of the best are the US Army Special Forces Handbook and the Air Force’s Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook by Steve Yevich. In addition, look at the United States Army’s First Aid for Soldiers and any of the books from Hugh L Coffee. The great news about these books is that they are written for the average person.

It is scary for many people to realize that they may be faced with a situation where they will not have access to 911, but that is the brutal truth. The more time you spend preparing for this time, the better off you will be, if the time arrives.

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