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Basic First Aid

Do you have a first aid kit handy if you needed it right this moment? If not, you might want to go out and buy a ready made first aid kit or make one yourself.

The first and most important thing you can do to prepare for any emergency is to go to the American Red Cross and sign up for a first aid course which includes CPR and make sure you get the book they use in the course called, "Standard First Aid and Personal Safety". This will get you the proper training you need to handle almost any first aid emergency. You can help people in need until the paramedics and/or doctors can work on the patient.

I am not trying to bail out on you in this section, but directing you to the proper source. I could probably tell you things or just tell you to get a first aid book, but unless you take a proper class, you may not follow through things in the right way when seconds count. This is especially in the case of doing CPR, releasing someone who has been electrocuted, tying up a tourniquet, or dealing poisonings, heart attacks, drowning... you get the idea. You need class training so you will know how to do it. They will show you the entire procedure. You can even learn the correct way to do CPR using their special mannequins. There are certain things that are not a good idea to learn on your own. This is one of them. Enroll at the local Red Cross and take the class.

While you are there, sign up for a swimming class if you do not know how to swim and donate blood. By learning how to swim, you can save yourself or someone else who may end up in water unexpectedly. By giving blood, you can save up to 6 peoples lives. Also, consider being an organ donor. You won't need it when you are dead, but you can help someone else to live longer.

Now for the things you should have for emergency supplies check with the list in Emergency Supplies Everyone Should Have. You should have one in your home and one in your car and one prepared to take on the run. If you have special medical conditions, get a medical alert bracelet. Know your blood type. Whenever you are caring for a stranger who is bleeding or oozing bodily fluids, wear gloves when touching them and handle very carefully.

Aside from these tips, there is not much more to say on first aid that will not be covered in a first aid class by the Red Cross Also, be sure to contact FEMA for specific emergency plans. Be sure to make your emergency kit or buy an emergency kit from a reputable dealer. Do it today!