Article submitted by Brian S. Kiefat @ The Ready Center
So far, we’ve covered a lot of ground together when it comes to preparedness. And if you’re completely new to the preparedness scene and have been following through with this series since the beginning, you have much to be proud of! In continuing with our “Prepping on $20 a Paycheck” series, this pay period we recommend your next addition be a first aid kit.
More often than not, I find that first aid kits are absent all together when most people are assembling their Emergency and Survival Bags. They don’t look as cool as a new and shiny knife and aren’t as bragged about as massive food supplies. But the reality is, if you can’t keep yourself alive past the simplest of injuries, you won’t even have the chance to enjoy your other supplies.
Having a first aid kit is a must. And if you can afford a beefy one with more supplies than you need, get it. This is the one area that a prepper should never skimp on because a first aid kit is useful two-fold. First and above all, you gotta keep yourself alive and kickin’. A first aid kit can help you do that. After all, isn’t that what’s preparedness is about, staying alive? Self preservation is the name of the game. If you don’t have measures in place to help you self preserve, you die. Period. Game over. And if you die someone else will end up with your preps – Not cool! Second, you gotta keep others alive and kickin’. This is also why we prep! This is what the Bible, our conscience, and the rest of society expect us to do. Life is a beautiful and precious thing, regardless of whose life we’re talking about. And if you’re prepping without the intention of keeping others alive, warm, safe, and well fed, you have truly missed the boat completely.
When it comes to contemplating what first aid kit is best for you and your family, it’s important that you ask yourself some of the following questions:
- If I were fortunate enough to survive a disaster such as tornado, hurricane, flood, etc, but found myself injured, do I have the supplies I need to dress my wounds so I am able to continue caring for my family?
- In the wake of a tornado, hurricane, or like disaster, do I really think I’d be able to find the medical supplies I have stored all over my house?
- Can I really consider myself as a responsible parent if I don’t have some sort of kit to use in the event my child is injured?
- If after a terrible disaster, I were to discover an injured person amongst the rubble in my yard, do I have enough of what I need to help both them and my family?
- If a disaster does strike, do I really want on my mind that I could have saved somebody’s life had I only purchased a $20 first aid kit?
None of the above questions are totally eye opening, jaw dropping, or life changing questions that should re-shape your preparedness philosophy. However, it is our hope that some of them are simple, yet serious questions that demonstrate the need for a kit and get you thinking about what type of kit you might need. The only recommendation The Ready Center has for you is this: Get a first aid kit that’s bigger than what you think you need. If you are a family of one, get a 5 person first aid kit. If you are a family of 5, get a 10 person first aid kit. So on and so on.
And remember, don’t ever skimp when it comes to your first aid kit. A first aid kit can literally mean the difference between life or death in hairy situations. So when shopping for your first aid kit, pay attention to the contents, not just the label that says “5 person kit” or “204 piece kit”. Having a 204 piece kit sounds great until you realize you got duped into a first aid kit with 200 tongue depressors and 4 band aids. Make sure the $20 kit you decide to purchase has the basics and essentials such as band aids, butterfly closures, medical tape, different size gauze pads, a gauze roll, a trauma pad, a tweezer, a finger splint, antiseptic wipes, gloves (for your protection), and a sturdy case at a minimum. Like I’ve said before: You’re worth it, and so is your family.
Challenging you to MAKE READY!
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