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Be Prepared

By Rod Brouhard, EMT P, About.com Guide to First Aid

Getting ready for life's little emergencies -- and the big ones -- is about having the tools necessary to stay safe and provide first aid. Whether it's a first aid kit, a medical bracelet, or a sheet of plywood nailed over your windows to keep out the storm, chance favors the prepared.

  1. Travel Safety Tips
  2. First Aid Kits
  3. Managing Medical Information
  4. Emergency Preparedness

Travel Safety Tips

Airliner landing

Preparing for first aid on the go is probably more important than at home. At least at home you have clean towels to stop bleeding and 911 to call if things go poorly. Stay safe on the road with these travel tips.

First Aid Kits

Small first aid kit

Whether buying or building your first aid kit, pick the supplies based on the environment. A first aid kit for home is different than a first aid kit for the car or the soccer field. Do you want medications in your kit? Will you be far away from civilization? How much room do you have for a first aid kit?

Managing Medical Information

MedicAlert Bracelet

Keeping accurate medical information handy is invaluable to emergency responders. When the ambulance gets to the scene, they need as much medical history, allergy and medication information as they can get.

Emergency Preparedness

Bottled water

Man-made to Mother Nature, disasters usually live up to their name. The best way to handle a bona fide disaster is to plan for it.

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