Family First Aid Kit

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What You Need:

  • Adhesive bandages, various sizes
  • Sterile gauze pads, various sizes
  • Conforming roller gauze bandage
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • Cold pack
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle
  • Waterproof matches

What You Do:

  1. These are the essentials, but they represent only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what your family could need. Help your teen brainstorm about what specific needs your family might have, such as important medications, and consider how much extra food and water you'll need in case of emergency (it's recommended that you stock up enough for at least three days).
  2. Next, have your teen research emergency plans. What should the family do in case of a flood, tornado, or fire? Make sure that fire escapes, storm cellars, and exits are kept clear, for one thing. If family members are separated, how will they get in contact? Where should they meet if phone lines are jammed? Ask your teen to create an emergency contact sheet with the phone numbers for the police, fire department, and nearby relatives or family friends, and keep a copy in the first aid kit as well as one by the family telephone.
  3. With any luck, you'll never have to use your kit or implement your emergency plan. But working with your teen to build a home first aid kit and emergency plan will not only give you piece of mind, it will give your teen a feeling of preparedness and a sense of responsibility for the family's future.

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