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Prepare Yourself: Emergency and First-aid Kit Checklist

What to keep in your medical emergency kit

Medication supply and special medical needs. Have a one-week supply of your medications available at all times, along with a medication list. Mark your calendar at six-month intervals so you remember to check your medical emergency kit for expired prescriptions and replace with new ones if needed.
For family members with diabetes, have an emergency stash for grab-and-go:

several days’ worth of medicines, syringes, blood glucose testing supplies, and an insulin cooler. For asthma, keep a grab-and-go inhaler in your emergency kit. Remember: don’t “borrow” from your emergency medical kit for today’s needs — you’ll just be defeating the purpose. If you have a heart condition, check with your doctor to see if you should carry baby aspirin in your kit.

First aid kit.

We recommend a first aid kit that every family should have. The kit is designed for a family of four and includes a space blanket and basic bandaging supplies.

A well-stocked first aid kit is a handy thing to have. To be prepared for emergencies:

Keep a first aid kit in your home and in your car.
Carry a first aid kit with you or know where you can find one.
Find out the location of first aid kits where you work.
Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together, make sure it has all the items you may need:

Include any personal items such as medications and emergency phone numbers or other items your health-care provider may suggest.
Check the kit regularly.
Make sure the flashlight batteries work.
Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents.
We recommend that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following:

2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
5 antiseptic wipe packets
2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
1 blanket (space blanket)
1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
1 instant cold compress
2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
Scissors
1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
2 triangular bandages
Tweezers
First aid instruction booklet