Don’t forget to add items that you might need due to specific health concerns or needs such as an Epi pen for a family member with severe allergies or pain relievers such as Acetominophen (adult and children).
For great information on purchasing various first aid kits or how you can make your own first aid kit, may we recommend going to https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/anatomy-of-a-first-aid-kit.html.
Emergency preparedness covers many areas and includes making sure you are ready for various weather conditions from extreme heat to icy cold. Did you know that on average, there are over 5,748,000 vehicle crashes each year in our country with approximately 22% of these crashes—nearly 1,259,000—being weather-related? When you hear that, many of you may think of snow and sleet but the vast majority of most weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement and during rainfall. Something that is all too common in our region.
Metro West Ambulance would like to remind you of some steps you can take to help keep you safe when it comes to severe weather.
- If weather becomes severe and you don’t have to be on the road, don’t be! Some weather conditions are just too hazardous to be out in.
- Carry tire chains if you’re in areas that require them or if weather conditions dictate their use. Practice putting them on-we do! Check them to ensure they’re ready when needed.
- Carry safety reflector triangles to put out behind your vehicle to help alert other drivers if you break down or are involved in an accident. If you use flares, ensure there are no fuel leaks prior to putting them down. Turn your emergency flashers on.
- Carry a spare tire and ensure it’s in good working condition. If you have to change a flat tire, consider wearing a bright neon safety vest to increase visibility. They really work well-our EMTs and Paramedics wear them at every motor vehicle crash or any scene that is on a roadway. One last tip-make certain you can change it safely without being close to traffic. We don’t want you injured!
- Keep a supply of water, food and other items in your vehicle in case you become stranded. Include emergency supplies, a first aid kit, blankets and jumper cables!