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Have a Medical Go-Bag Ready Before a Storm Hits

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

A red case with a white cross on it Keep your family safe! Create a medical go-bag that you can grab quickly if you need to evacuate from a storm disaster.

The time to prepare for wind, rain or thunderstorm damage is before the storm hits. In addition to taking steps to prevent property damage, you’ll want to take action early to protect the health and safety of your family. And one step you can take right now is to build a well-stocked customized medical go-bag that contains first-aid items, needed medications and more to keep everyone healthy in case your family needs to evacuate in a matter of minutes. In fact, it could save your life!

You can assemble the go-bag yourself or you can purchase a kit online or from a drugstore. Once completed, the items should be stored in a portable, water-resistant kit, such as a backpack or duffle bag. Keep the go-bag in an accessible place in your home and be sure all family members know where it is. Check the go-bag periodically and replace any damaged or out-of-date supplies. 

Necessary Items

The basic items in your medical go-bag should include: 

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Bandages, gauze, tape and antibiotic ointment for treating burns, cuts and wounds
  • An antihistamine for allergic reactions
  • Pain relievers
  • Stomach, antacid and anti-diarrheal remedies
  • Mosquito repellent and aloe gel, hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion
  • Eyewash solution
  • Water-purification tablets
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Thermometer
  • A copy of your health insurance card

Optional Items

If you or family members take over-the-counter or prescription medications on a regular basis, you should include enough meds to last at least a week. Ask your doctor for 60- or 90-day refills of your prescriptions so that you’ll have extras on hand for your medication go-bag. As refills arrive, rotate your go-bag supply so that it remains up to date. And remember to check your medications periodically to ensure that they have not expired.

If you and your family have special medical needs, additional items you might add to your kit include: 

  • Hearing aids with extra batteries
  • Epinephrine auto-injector
  • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Syringes

Items for a Public Health Crisis

In 2020, the CDC recommends that people include additional items in their go-bags to help prevent the spread of viruses and the flu:

  • Cloth face coverings (for ages 2 and above)
  • Soap and hand sanitizer
  • Disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces

When you have suffered damage from a storm at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

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