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Trauma Kits

Author: eric
November 28, 2010
Trauma Kits

An emergency response team is an invaluable service that should be present in every community. Paramedics, firefighters, and even police officers have knowledge on how to deal with emergency situations. This will ensure that the first person on hand in time of a crisis will be able to deal with the situation efficiently.

More than just ordinary first-aid kits, emergency response teams need trauma kits on their list of equipment. These contain special gadgets and medicines to help them deal with emergency situations. Training should be provided on how to use these kits, and the proper way to assess any situation they encounter. 

November 25, 2010

emergency-food-bars.jpgIt is the time of year to transition rotate your emergency kits and gear for colder weather. This is important since there are different survival requirements for cold weather. It is also a great opportunity to out your supplies and make sure that you keep your food fresh and ready to eat.

You should switch out your clothes from summer clothes to winter clothes. Be sure to include several pairs of heavy socks, a heavy sweatshirt, warm pants and a coat. It is easier to stay warm if you dress in several layers of clothing, so you may want to plan to do that. winter clothes take up more room than summer ones, so you may need to adjust accordingly. 

You may want to blankets to your emergency kits. This includes your car kit as well. You can buy blankets, which are stored in plastic zipper bags to keep them safe from the wear and tear. 

Take a quick stock of your cooking and heating resources. Many winter emergencies involve a loss of power, so it is important to have a plan to keep your family warm. Eating warm food is also more appealing the winter so you will want to have cooking resources available as well.   

You should teach yourself and your family how to survive out in winter weather. One fun way to do this is take a winter survival course as a family. This can be a fun family activity, and you will learn important skills to protect yourself.     

Be prepared to deal with the first aid emergencies that can come with winter weather. Frostbite, chapped lips, and hypothermia are all conditions that can occur in cold weather.

Knowing  how to deal with these and others issues is vitally important and knowing how to get help if available as well.

 

November 20, 2010

One of the biggest mistakes with emergency preparedness is that people think the purchase of the product is all that needs to be done for proper emergency preparation. But it’s definitely not enough just to purchase. As such, always make sure that you take home your emergency kit and open it up. Let everyone in the family see what’s included in the kit and ask any questions about how to use the items.  Opening up the kit before you need it for an actual emergency is always a good idea, because you don’t want to be caught with an inadequate cache of emergency supplies. You also want to make sure to add products to your generic emergency kit.  Add additional products such as survival blankets, water purifying tablets, and more to fit your special and unique situation.   Your special needs is the key.

Don’t Get Caught With the Wrong First Aid Kit

Opening up the kit before you need it for an actual emergency is always a good idea, because you don’t want to be caught with an inadequate cache of emergency supplies. You also want to make sure to add products to your generic emergency kit.  Add additional products such as survival blankets, water purifying tablets, and more.

November 15, 2010

Triage is an act of providing support to patients based on the severity of their conditions. Triage is a special training given to personnel to treat many patients together at the same time especially when there is a shortage of medical experts during a disaster. Success of a triage operation directly depends on the kind of emergency supplies in the triage kits and the efficiency in using those supplies.

Just having triage first aid kits or first aid kit is not sufficient to control a situation it is also necessary to know the use of the supplies. In most major disasters it is often first responders, fire, police and community volunteers who are the first to provide help. It is necessary for them to know how to set up a successful triage operation. The triage kits are generally provided generally to first responders to offer support in trauma and emergency rescue. Triage support is only given to those victims who cannot wait for professional treatment at a hospital.  

A triage kit generally comprises of all the necessary items required for any emergency rescue and medical situation. Items like safety vests, colored tape, and stretchers form the very basic of triage kit. Some injury cases become so severe that the victims will need to be taken to the hospital as soon as possible. For such serious situations body bags may be needed. The body bags are especially designed to carry a human body to the nearest medical center. The dimensions of these body bags are generally around 36 inches by 90 inches. Though the body bags are used to carry corpses, during an emergency they can be used to take injured patients to hospital.

Triage kits usually comes with a book to offer points on setting up an immediate triage unit and tips on performing common operations.  Adding CPR and basic first aid books to your kit is advised.  Adding portable stretchers for easy and immediate evacuation of the patients who are most seriously injured is also advised.  In addition it is advised to add solar blankets to your trauma kit for those patients who badly need them.  Often in large scale disasters the emergency supplies are received late or are unavailable. It is important for common civilians to take charge in providing immediate relief. The right supplies in the time of a disaster can greatly prevent the situation from being worse.

Most of us feel panicked by thinking about the triage kits and their use. However the situations may arise when you, your family or your neighbors seek immediate medical attention. You can offer that crucial help by setting up a triage unit and working together.  By working together you’ll be able to separate those who need professional help and those who you can help. Your help during the crisis may work to remedy the majority of those suffering badly while in a crisis.

Nothing can match your contribution towards the injured victims at the time of crisis. Nevertheless, it is always recommended for the first responders, volunteers and even common civilians to provide only the basic care that they can give and assist and seek professional medical professionals when necessary.

Auto Emergency Kits

Author: Rachel
November 13, 2010

When you are driving in a car alone there are certain precautions that we all should take in order to be as safe as possible.  Especially in long distance drives in which there are large expanses without populated areas, you need to be prepared and have things ready.

Auto Emergency Kit

An auto emergency kit inside of our cars are essential.  If you never have to use it, then great, you will stay safe and sound.  But if that situation ever comes up, then there are items conveniently inside of your car and your kit that you can use to help you survive and cope with an emergency situation.

November 11, 2010

Emergency Flashing LightEmergency Lights If you have ever been involved in an emergency situation you quickly find out that communication is essential.  One of the best ways we have found to direct people is to use a mega phone (Voice) and then point people to a flashing red or yellow blinking light (Visual).  Put the light up high on a pole, up in a tree on a rope, on top of a truck or trailer, or on top of pop up shelter to indicate an emergency medical treatment stations,  a information booth, search and rescue station, communication stations, evacuation routes, etc…   Get your emergency lighting before you need it.

November 7, 2010

In the wake of a disaster, confusion often reigns supreme. People are understandably shaken and unsure about the proper course of action to take. Mass chaos can result, which becomes dangerous in confined spaces. Large, unruly crowds presentsignificant health risks: rioting might ensue, and slower people can even become trampled in the feverish attempt to escape a disaster zone.  The best defense against panic is to proceed with a calm attitude. If you prepare for the worst well in advance, you’ll have all of your supplies at the ready. And of course you’ll know exactly what to do when disaster strikes. Emergency preparedness planning lends you the peace of mind that means so much in the midst of a strange, dangerous situation.  Being prepared also can save lives and makes getting through a disaster so much easier.   

 Preparation Brings Peace of Mind

November 3, 2010

auto emergency kitsRemember, auto accidents kill more people than gun violence. In Europe, car accidents account for four times the deaths caused by homicides. And if you do a little research, you will find that most of these people die because they did not have a proper emergency kits, with first aid supplies, when they suffered injuries from the accident. Lack of proper auto emergency kits and first aid kits in cars have killed many who could have survived had they installed any of the former in their vehicles. Accidents do not come with warnings, and can happen at places where finding even paramedical help can be considerably tough. In such cases, administering oneself with the basic first aid treatment from the auto emergency kit can save you from actual death or block the injuries from teething in. So what all should your auto emergency kit carry? What you need in an auto emergency kit depends completely upon where you are driving as well as where you are driving to. The environment, weather as well as the amount of traffic on the designated road all count towards deciding what to take and what to leave behind.  Here are some ideas.          

 

  • Take the basic tools along – flashlights, necessary tools to change a tire, a jack, lug nut wrench, etc.
  • If it is winter, make sure you carry the necessary emergency supplies along with you. These include ice scrapers and heating sticks or flintstones to keep you warm
  • Carry emergency lights or flares to notify drivers of your location or position.
  • Wrenches, booster cables and a spare battery or bottled tire inflators can help bail you out from stranded situations.
  • Keep a pocket knife (sharp enough to cut through seat belts and thin pieces of wood) and duct tape in the auto emergency kit.
  • First aid supplies are a must as in case of an accident, these will help you keep your senses till the paramedics or other rescuers arrive.
  • Small packets of emergency food supplies (biscuits, sugar-coated lozenges and wafers) and packets of drinking water should also be carried.
  • Paper towels and rags, oil and matches or a lighter should also be kept as a secondary means of lighting a fire (to attract attention and drive wild animals away!).
  • Screwdrivers, tools, and jumper cables are also handy items to pack in an auto emergency kit.

 If an auto accident happens, a well-constituted auto emergency kit that includes first aid supplies may well save your life and will certainly help in other emergencies as well!    

November 1, 2010

Auto Emergency KitBefore you jump in your car and hit the highways make sure your car is properly maintained and bring along a basic car safety kit.  Little thought will be given to the car except for making sure it has fuel.  What if there is an accident and you are stuck on the highway for hours or an isolated roadway?  In winter you could get stuck in snow and stranded for a days.  Always check weather and road conditions before you travel.  The Weather Channel has up to date forcasts.  You can program the road condition numbers for the states you will be traveling into your cell phone.  Before you travel bring along a auto emergency kit.  Just a little preparation can make a world of difference.  Most of the items I will need are in my auto emergency kit and I also add in additional items as follows.

 Water – always carry at least a gallon of bottled water in your vehicle and cycle your water regularly. 

Blankets – a warm blanket or a solar blanket can come in handy.  You may need more than one. 

Food - Pick food that will not be affected by temperature extremes like emergency food bars, crackers, granola bars, and so on. 

Wetwipes – for quick clean up.

Toilet Paper  its worth a million dollars when you need it and don’t have it.

Don’t forget to thow in some fun activities for the kids, if you have them, and have a safe and wonderful trip. 

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