- The least expected and accident can happen at any time.
- When accidents happen, you and your family may be put at risk.
- Bodily injury can lead to severe or permanent damage.
This is true both at home and while traveling. Whatever the case, one step you can take to prevent the worst from happening is to create a family emergency kit accessible at home and in your vehicle. Below are five items you need in this kit.
In certain parts of the country, wildlife poses a massive danger to people of all ages. This is nowhere more true than in the parts of the country inhabited by venomous snakes. This includes many different snake species such as rattlesnakes, water moccasins, copperheads, cottonmouths, and coral snakes.
If you live in an area where such snakes roam, you always need to guard yourself and your family. According to the CDC, symptoms of a snake bite include things like puncture marks, redness, swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, vision problems, and more. A poisonous snake bite can kill. This is why it’s so essential to have anti-venom in your emergency kit so it can be quickly administered to a family member after a snake bite.
Other injuries, however, may not lead to life or death situations. Regardless, they can still be very traumatic. This is especially the case for small children who do not have the physical or mental maturity to deal with any pain. This is one reason why having a pain relief spray in your family’s emergency kit is very important. In addition to being used for minor injuries, such a spray can even relieve pain associated with swollen joints or muscle soreness. It can be used to help alleviate the pain of a child’s scuffed knee. Alternatively, it can be used as a temporary fix for an older family member’s pain associated with diseases like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Flash Light and Batteries
The worst can happen at any time. This is certainly true after the sun has gone down. At that point, the danger posed by many activities is significantly increased. Slip falls, and other accidents are a huge risk. Getting lost in the dark is also a possibility. Overall, you shouldn’t expect to have light in all circumstances. To guard against this risk, always make sure your emergency kit includes a flashlight. There should be more than one. Also, ensure that you have extra batteries in your emergency kit. A flashlight won’t be of much use if your batteries run out when you need them most.
You also have to think in terms of necessities when an emergency happens. There is no basic necessity more critical for human survival than water. Make sure to have bottled water as part of any emergency kit. This water can serve more than one purpose. It can allow your family to fend off dehydration in extreme circumstances. It can also be used as a make-shift eye-wash or to help clean wounds before you dress them. Overall, make sure you have enough water to fend off dehydration for your family for a day or two. It can make a huge difference during an emergency.
First Aid Kit
An emergency kit should also, in fact, contain its first aid kit. First aid supplies are absolute necessities to have in case of an emergency. Such a kit should include bandages, dressings, antibiotics, gauze, a cold compress, tweezers, and more. Buying a standard first aid kit and placing it inside the larger emergency kit is always a solid plan. However, make sure you know how to use your first aid kit. Many come with guides or instructions. Read them thoroughly, so you know how to use the items inside during an emergency. This knowledge can be a real difference-maker.
Overall, this is only a starting point for all the different things inside an emergency kit. Consider adding many other items that your family members could use during an emergency. Being prepared is essential. This kind of preparation can help give you peace of mind that your family will indeed be protected if something were to go amiss.