In the series of being prepared for major disasters/ events, I cannot stress the importance of a first aid kit. More accurately, a first aid kit that goes ABCD, “Above & Beyond the Call of Duty.”
A local EMT (emergency medical technician) was willing to share some pictures of his trauma kit with us. If you look closely, you will see a lot of items we have already discussed about having in your survival kit: bandages, gauze, q-tips, basic meds, etc.
You will also notice other implements that you may not recognize. If you do not know how to properly use an item, DO NOT USE IT! It is very possible to cause even more damage if something is used incorrectly.
On the flip side, if you have the desire to learn how to be of more help in an emergency, check out local classes for CPR, first aid and even a basic EMT class . Especially with children present in the home, knowing you can help in most emergencies is a wonderful security blanket to have as a parent.
If you are interested in learning life saving and first aid skills, there are many places that offer such training.
Central 9 Career Center in Greenwood has EMT Basic classes almost every semester in the adult program. Two nights a week for one semester, and once you pass your state tests, not only will you be able to save a life, but you may even find a new career path for yourself!
An EMT course is offered at IUPUI, while St. Francis Hospitals offer EMT-Paramedic classes. CPR Indiana offers a course for just CPR, as well as first aid. Indiana Safety and Health offers CPR classes hosted at some libraries.
You can never be too prepared with children in the home. When you decide to be prepared for medical emergencies, don't hold back. Call local fire departments and hospitals. See what suggestions they have to offer in way of what to stock for the home. Take courses and become certified in lifesaving. You will never regret knowing how to handle a situation.