One of the most important things you can do to keep your family safe in an emergency is to create a first aid kit. That’s a sturdy, durable box with important medical items, you’re likely to need in an emergency, including:
- A syringe for giving liquid medicine to young children by mouth. Oral medicine syringes are sold in the children’s section of most drugstores.
- Activated charcoal and syrup of Ipecac, to induce vomiting when advised to by a professional.
- Bandages in various sizes
- Safety pins
- Elastic wrap
- EMT scissors, which have sharp blades but round ends
- Adhesive tape
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Hydrogen peroxide
The kit should be in a sturdy and portable container, located someplace where it is easily accessible to adults while being safe from children, and kept current—that is, you should inventory it regularly to make sure you actually have all the supplies and perishable items are up to date. For that reason, there should be a list in the case—as well as another copy kept separately—of what is supposed to be there, along with contact information for your health care professionals, particularly the pediatrician if you have kids.
For less chaotic emergencies, it might be helpful to bookmark on your web browser sites that have first-aid information. There are also apps available for iPhones and for Android with information you need to know for emergencies.