Best Southwest  Regional C.E.R.T. Program


Continued……       “How to be Prepared”

Medical Supplies

In an emergency, you may need to treat small medical problems on your own. Gather a home first aid kit and make a smaller separate kit for each car.

Home Kit

· Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes

· 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)

· 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)

· Hypoallergenic adhesive tape

· Triangular bandages (3)

· 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

· 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

· Scissors

· Tweezers

· Adhesive tape

· Medicine dropper

· Needle

· Moistened towelettes

· Antiseptic

· Thermometer

· Tongue blades (2)

· Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

· Assorted sizes of safety pins

· Cleansing agent/soap

· Latex gloves (2 pair)

· Sunscreen

· Prescriptions required for each family member


** Non-Prescription Drugs**

o Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever

o Anti-diarrhea medication

o Antacid (for stomach upset)

o Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)

o Laxative

o Activated charcoal


Auto First Aid Kit

· First aid book

· Maps, jumper cables

· Blanket

· Insect sting relief swabs

· Aspirin, antihistamines

· Bandages

· Tweezers

· Facial tissues

· Medical tape and gauze

· Alcohol wipes, antibiotic ointment

· Sterile dressings

· Sharpies, paper

· Emergency flares

· Single use cold packs

· Snack bars

· Whistle

· Flashlight

· Two large bottles of water

· Cash in small bills (about $20)

· Plastic garbage bags


Communications Plan

Imagine your family on an ordinary day: kids at school, mom at work, and dad at work across town. When the emergency happens and communications are interrupted, what is your plan to rejoin your family and assure friends you are safe? Plan on telephones being out of commission and mobile phones overwhelmed. The family communications plan can reunite the family.

Make certain everyone knows where to meet if it isn't possible to get back home. Have a meeting location just outside the neighborhood, in case the difficulty is within your own neighborhood. Have a second meeting place in town, but some distance from the neighborhood. Have third meeting place at some distance from your hometown in the event you are separated or evacuated. Be certain each person knows to wait at the meeting place until others arrive. If you must leave the area, leave a message at the designated meeting place.

Arrange an out of town emergency contact. During emergencies, it is frequently easier to reach a number in a distant area code than a number nearby. Be sure everyone has the number for the contact. In the event of an emergency, your contact can coordinate the reunion of the family. As always, keep the lines free except for essential calls.

Commonly available walkie-talkies do not use phone lines or mobile transmissions. They are helpful in communicating with family across distances. With practice, you will find the distance at which they work best. It's a good alternative in difficult times.