Building Your Own First Aid Kit

As mentioned earlier this week, I recently taught an Emergency First Aid Fundamentals (EFAF) mini course about building your own first aid kit. What a great class! We reviewed the first aid kit module from USCCA’s EFAF class, then discussed scaling of kits, which takes one from a personal comfort (or “booboo”) kit that will fit in a purse, briefcase, or the like, all the way up through a household kit, a car kit, and a shooting range/outdoor activity kit.

To keep the focus on the kits and discussion, rather than attendees needing to write down links, I sent out the resource list after class. I’m providing them for you here, as well, in the hopes of helping you find what you’re looking for. I’m going to leave links visible instead of embedded in the text, in case you want to print the list for future reference vs coming back to a blog post.

Now, let’s get started! Of note: NONE of the following links are affiliate links and I receive no compensation of any type for sharing them. They are simply organizations and/or manufacturers I have been pleased with in meeting my own training and supply needs. Caveat emptor. Continue reading

National Preparedness Month 2021: Week Three

This week’s focus for National Preparedness Month is “Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness”.

Natural disasters don’t wait for a convenient time. Preparing for them shouldn’t wait either. Start today by signing up for alerts, safe-guarding important documents, and taking other low cost and no cost preparedness actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for you and your family.

You might be surprised how many things you can do to prepare that are free or extremely low in cost! I’ve covered a few here on my blog and have written several articles about this as well. (Check for them in the links on my portfolio page. I’m particularly proud of these: “18 Simple Habits That Create a Prepared Mindset” and “Twenty Ways You Can Prepare Today Part 1”  /“Twenty Ways You Can Prepare Today Part 2”.)

In addition, here are some suggestions from FEMA’s Ready.gov website:

  • Download or order your free preparedness products to help your family plan and prepare for the next emergency. www.ready.gov/publications
  • Drills aren’t just for your toolbox. Practice emergency drills with your family regularly. 
  • Emergencies can happen anytime, and less than half of American families have a communication plan. Plan ahead: www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan 
  • Make preparing fun for kids! Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for items you already have to add to your disaster supply kit. Follow this list: www.ready.gov/kit and see how many items you can check off!
  • Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Visit: www.ready.gov/be-informed.

Speaking of low-and-no cost preparedness, you may have noticed that I mention getting training pretty frequently. Stop by later this week and check out the list of first aid training and supplies I’ve compiled. I recently taught an Emergency First Aid Fundamentals class and in gathering links for the attendees, I realized they might be handy for you as well. There are even links to companies and organizations offering FREE emergency medical training, such as a Stop the Bleed course – can’t beat that!

National Preparedness Month 2021: Week Two

This week’s step for National Preparedness Month is to Build a Kit!

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

If you need ideas for what to put in your kit, you can get checklists and information on Ready.gov, as well as information about how to properly store and rotate your supplies. Be sure to check out the tabs with additional information such as preparing for seniors or how to prepare kits for pets and livestock. These are special populations that we may need very specific supplies for, just as we need to account for items for pregnant/post-partum individuals and babies. Assess what is needed for YOUR situation and prepare accordingly. Many items may already be around the house – they’ll just need to be gathered to a location that is accessible for use in the home or easy removal if you need to evacuate the area.

Don’t forget, there may be helpful articles in my portfolio links, as well as useful articles by other folks at those websites. Be sure to check them out via the portfolio tab above!

Prepare Anywhere: Morale Boosters

As you may recall, I am currently working on a nonfiction book entitled Prepare Anywhere. The anticipated release is September of this year, with the hope that it will be available during National Preparedness Month here in the USA. This project came about because of my passion for helping people get more prepared no matter what their season of life or their ZIP code. While I enjoy reading fiction where folks have rural compounds and pantries the size of my bedroom, and I’ve gotten a kick out of watching reality shows where the family is building a castle, the truth is that’s just not attainable for me – or for a lot of folks.

Due to the military lifestyle, I’ve lived in areas where preparedness was a necessity; both when I was a child and now as a wife and mother. It can be overwhelming to look at some preparedness checklists and feel like you have to do it all, all at once, or it just isn’t going to be “right”. I really enjoy helping folks break those checklists down into more accessible chunks, and this morning I got a reminder on social media of one fun way of doing just that: storing morale boosting foods. Continue reading