Stock a DIY First Aid Kit in your Bug Out Shelter
If a tornado rips through your home and knocks down every house in your neighborhood, will you be ready to dig the survivors out of the rubble? Will you be able to help those in need? Can you provide for your family and friends who weren’t ready for such a disaster?
Building a bug out shelter or safe room in your private home is a responsible, smart decision. But your responsibility for safety and survival doesn’t end there. In the aftermath of the storm, when you and your loved ones safely emerge, you will then have to know how to help those who were less fortunate than you, and how to care for any injured members of your party. You must shoulder the burden of looking for and helping survivors as quickly as possible, because FEMA and medical professionals could be hours away. Being prepared to respond to emergencies and to provide medical attention to those who need it is an incredibly important skill to prepare. Mastering your emergency response ability and your medical supply collection will be one of the most valuable assets to you, your family, and all of society affected by the disaster.
Protecting you and your loved ones with a safe room or bug out shelter is the first step for preparing for disaster. The next is to stock with portable food, water, and first aid supplies. We weren’t all born heroes. To protect your family and serve your community, you’ll need to take classes in first aid and emergency response. Get CPR certified. Ask your friends in the health profession how to handle serious injuries such as broken bones, loss of breathing, or influenza. Remember, all the supplies you have prepared will only save lives if you know the proper way to employ them.
Bug Out Bags for Bug Out Shelters: Pack Up and Prepare
Being prepared with supplies is just as important as preparing your skills and your disaster response ability. Many safe room advocates pack and store a “bug out bag” in their safe room, giving them an ability to survive and to protect others while escaping the aftermath of a brutal disaster. “Bug out shelters” are designed to protect an entire family for the duration of the storm, and “Bug Out Bags” provide a portable means of survival in the event that you have to evacuate the affected area. With one of these packs on, you’ll have the ability to outrun an approaching fire and to prepare your family to leave an area as quickly as possible. Safely weather the storm, grab your bag, and run. With a little preparation, that’s all there is to it. Bug out shelters and bags provide mobile first aid, enabling you to help your neighbors and other people who’ve been affected by the disaster in your area.
One of the essentials to pack in your bug out bag or to keep on hand in your safe room is an effective first aid kid, complete with manuals and instructions of all the tools involved.
Below, we’ve compiled the supplies from an advanced first aid kit, gathered from an expert guide, The Prepper’s Instruction Manual, by Arthur T. Bradley PhD. We’ll let you decide the quantities of each object you need. Whether you’re preparing for a tornado, a hurricane, a break-in, or something worse, you’ll be able to cater your preparations to the disasters you expect. But really, these are the minimum categories of tools you need if you’re put in such a spot.
Never resign yourself to the consequences of Natural Disasters. You will survive, and with smarts, supplies, and skills, you’ll help others weather the storm. Always be ready with a fully stocked bug out shelter.
plastic measuring cup or spoon
note pad and pen
Emergency Care Instruction Manual
Bandages and Dressings
10 yards of 1″ medical tape
Adhesive bandages of varying sizes
Gauze pads, both stick and non-stick
4 in wide Guaze Rolls
Water-Jel burn Dressings
butteryfly wound closure strips
antiseptic w/ benzocaine for mouth pain
aloe vera, chamomile, and/or other kind of burn gel
Epinephrine Auto-injector to combat anaphylactic shock
Pepto Bismol or affiliated stomach products
A Basic Antibiotic to fight infections