Accidents and disasters happen on a daily basis. They happen without a warning. It is usually very difficult to gather up the things you need during the time of disaster. The panic that arises during that time prevents people from thinking effectively. It is therefore very important to be prepared all the time. Being prepared is good it reduces the fear, loss and anxiety that are created by any form of disaster. A first aid kit is a form of preparation for any form of accident or disaster.
A 72 hours first aid kit is prepared to be used during emergency times. The 72 hours first aid kit contains basic needs that can last for a minimum of three days. It is recommended that each family member should have their own first aid kit so that whenever a disaster arises and the whole family needs to move, each and everyone can have their own supplies for the disaster period. Small children should also have their own survival first aid kit or 72 hours first aid kit. The parents can carry for them but if they are old enough, they can carry the kits for themselves.
There are a number of important things that are supposed to be in the 72 hours first aid kit, below are list of what you should consider having in your own kit.
Food and water:
Are the main basic needs for people and so in 72 hours first aid kit there should be a supply of food and water that can last for three days. This should be the type of food that does not need refrigeration like:
- Protein bars
- Dried Fruit
- Canned Tuna
- Canned juice
- Four litters of water or more.
Beddings and Clothing:
These are also supposed to be in the 72 hours first aid kit. There should be:
- A cloth sheet and a plastic sheet
- Warm Clothes for three days
- Rain coat or a poncho
Small and useful equipment:
- Lighting equipment
- Can openers
- Disposable Utensils
Most importantly your 72 hours first aid kit should also consist of medical first aid items including:
- Absorbent compress
- Adhesive bandage of assorted sizes
- Adhesive Tape (cloth like)
- Sterile gauze
- Cold press
- Disposable Gloves
- Bandage scissor
- Digital thermometer
- Antibiotic and Anti-itch creams
- Medications for common illness (headache, stomachache, fever, flu etc.)
- CPR breathing barrier (one-way valve): for protection during CPR or rescue breathing
If there is any form of medication you constantly take, you should make sure that the medication is in the kit.
Personal supplies and toiletries should also be included in the kit; and there are important personal documents that people cannot survive without so make sure you will also have a copy of those kinds of documents in the kit.
Considering the natural disaster that happens unfortunately at times when we even least expect it…Then having a 72 hour first aid kit can make a big difference.