September is the National Preparedness Month which makes Getting Prepared the perfect challenge for the month. You know all those things you SHOULD have done already but maybe don’t?
What is the state of your first aid kit? Do you have one in each vehicle AND in your home and (if you have livestock) in an outdoor shed?
When’s the last time you updated your grab-n-go bags? *gasp* You don’t have one yet? Oh dear…I’m so glad you found me. Let’s chat.
There’s obsessive anxiety which is just insane. And then there’s complete lack of planning – equally insane. What we’re going to do this month is move everyone forward one more step towards being better prepared.
1. Update your First Aid Kit (or get another one in a place you need it)
2. Update (or create) your grab-and-go evac bags for your entire family. (Each family member needs one)
What are your first-aid kit needs?
I recommend having a good-sized household first aid kit, a portable kit for each car, and if you are rural or in an area where emergency services can take more than a couple minutes, a larger medic kit like one is ideal. (Remember – many large city areas have increasing response times due to cut backs! If it takes ten+ minutes to reach you, you might want a larger kit.) I like the rugged design of this Military Medic Kit but have used this First Responder Kit in the past when needed and it REALLY comes in handy (and is less than the military kit)
If you already have first aid kits in all your needed locations then do a quick assessment of supplies. You might need to update or add or replenish.
Here’s a list of my favorite add-ons for my first-aid needs:
- athletic tape and pre-wrap
- CPR mask (w/one-way valve for sanitation!) I like the linked kit which includes an infant-sized mask, gloves, and alcohol wipe.
- lavender essential oil (handy for bites, heat distress, and many other things)
- band-aids (we never have enough at my house w/5 kids!)
Check your first-aid kits to make sure they are up-to-date and include everything you need for your family’s needs.
There are so many reasons to have these ready to go. Whether you’re in an area where natural disasters can occur or not – no one is completely safe from fires or other destructive forces that could make you want to leave your home in a hurry. The less you have to think about in that moment of stress, the better. Grab and go bags are ready to go – my kids have just cute little back packs and have practiced grabbing their bags when we practice fire drills.
If you don’t have one yet your challenge is to build your grab-and-go bags (Here are Tips for Building a Grab-and-Go Bag!) or if you do, then UPDATE your current bags with updating clothing items for cold seasons with clothes that fit all the members of your family. After all – if the infant you packed for two years ago is now walking and talking her bag will be completely useless. 🙂
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First-aid Kit or Grab and Go bags. If you are on top of things and have both of those things fully-stocked and updated here are some other preparedness things to consider as your challenge for the month:
- Have a fire or emergency drill with your family.
- Make sure your kids have at least three phone numbers memorized for emergency contacts.
- Update the batteries on all your fire and carbon monoxide detectors (or install some if you don’t have any.)
For more entries share your successful completion of your Challenge either on the Untrained Housewife Facebook page or on your bog!
Blessings to you all – may we never need to use the stuff we prep.