In many disaster situations, there are more injuries and deaths after the disaster than during the disaster.
Disasters create dangerous situations that most people are not prepared or trained to deal with. Exposed nails, sharp objects, broken glass, downed power lines and the like all contribute to a dangerous environment ripe for injuries.
During and immediately after a disaster, there is enormous strain on all emergency medical personnel. Given that, professional medical attention may not be available.
It is important that you have basic medical supplies on-hand in case there is a medical emergency.
First Aid Kit:
The easiest way to get the first aid supplies you need is to purchase a first aid kit. Unlike most things on this site, we are actually recommending two different kits:
Kit #2 contains all of the ‘basics’ as well as some more advanced tools and supplies for more serious injuries – but as you might imagine, it is considerably more expensive. Click here for our recommendation.
If you cannot afford Kit #2 right away, do not worry about it. You can always get it later, after you get the other prepper products for your bug out bag. Kit #1 is a good start, and everything included in it will still be usable with Kit #2. You won’t be wasting your money.
If you take doctor-prescribed medications on a regular basis, it is very important to have them as part of your bug out bag.
So how do you get extra quantities to include in your bug out bag? In the U.S., most pharmacies and insurance companies will allow you to get your prescription refills a week or so early. When your doctor renews your prescriptions, you can often have the old prescription and the newly written prescription overlap so you can have an extra week or two of medication.
Take those ‘extra’ weeks of medication and include this supply in your bug out bag.
Remember: Medication has an expiration date so rotate the supply in your bug out bag every three months. Expired medication is no good to you.
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