Safety First Aid For Preppers
What is the best emergency first aid survival kit a UK prepper can have that will ensure essential safety first aid can be given to either yourself or any other injured person.
The best safety first aid kit cannot be just thrown together.
It must be thought out to ensure emergency first aid equipment is the most appropriate for the conditions you are liable to encounter if faced with a SHTF situation
A standard first aid kit covers many general options
There are many types of off the shelf emergency first aid kits that come close to what you may need, but it is pretty certain you will need to add too and improve your survival kit in readiness for your particular situation.
The main factors that will decide the level of your safety first aid kit.
- Are you trained in emergency first aid
- If you are trained in emergency first aid – to what level
- How long ago were you trained – are you up to date with modern emergency procedures
- If you were confronted with an emergency would you help the injured person
If you answered ‘no’ to questions 1 & 4 then the type of safety first aid kit you need is just a 'basic, of the shelf’ pack that covers the very basic of injuries.
Typically, a Family First Aid Kit, shown above, will cover all your needs as a non trained person.
This type of pack is quite comprehensive for a standard emergency first aid kit, but contains only the basic safety first aid essentials.
It's relatively cheap, at under £15, and will be sufficient for your needs as a non trained first aider dealing with a low level emergency (small cut etc.)
Whatever your level of first aid training - for MOST emergency situations
"Poor first aid, given today, is far better than good first aid tomorrow"
Essential safety first aid requirements for any UK Prepper
- Enrol in one of the many first aid classes and learn how to administer good first aid
- Practice your emergency scenarios regulary
- Evaluate your own emergency first aid survival kit requirements - exactly what do you need in your own kit.
- Buy a good first aid manual - one for home and one kept with your safety first aid kit
- Download a first aid manual to your smartphone for emergency use and refernece
Typical first aid kit that meets most general low level emergency situations
99 PIECE KIT
22cm long, 17cm wide, 6 cm deep
OVER 100 PIECE
20cm long, 17cm tall, 8.5cm deep
Remember, you can and will be adding to you first aid kit. My kit also contains some essential addition:
Blood clotting pads - I consider these essential: for deep cuts or cuts that wont stop bleeding, a clot kit is very necessary out in the wild or in a disaster situation.
I would also recommend including some Wound Closures / Sutures.
Even a small open would will be a problem – these will close that would up without stitches.
More details below:
Considerations For Choosing Your Survvial First Aid Kit
Consider your location and where you are liable to go to should SHTF and ensure you have the correct first aid supplies that meet these needs.
An example would be if you foresee bugging out into the forest then you must carry insect bite creams and anti-histamine creams, as well as protection for stings and bites.
Maybe consider good tweezers for splinters and even a good magnifying glass to help see them.
You location plays a big part in putting together a safety first aid kit – and what about the weather?
Your kit needs to be seasonal as well, this will mean changing the contents to ensure you have the correct items for first aid.
This would mean sun tan lotions and creams, lip balm and after sun creams too. Of course the reverse is true for a winter bug out as well.
If you are on any personal medications then they will take priority over everything else.
You must ensure you are fit and well enough at all times - you must have enough medication to survive at least twice as long as your anticipated time.
As a general rule for a 72 hr bug out bag carry at least six days of your own personal medications.
Once you have established your essential items you can then go about choosing an appropriate safety first aid survival kit that suit your needs best.
What Emergency First Aid Kits Are Available
Typical family first aid kit is a basic requirement to have, and contains the items below:
2 x Instant Cold (Ice)
2 x 15ml Sterile Eye Wash
2 x Sterile Eye Pad 6cm x 8cm
2 x Bandages 7.5cm x 4.5m
2 x Triangular Bandages 96cm x 96cm x 136cm
2 x First Aid Tape Roll 1.25cm x 4.5m
3 x Wound Dressing 10cm x 10cm
2 x Crepe Bandage Roll 7.5cm x 4.5m
30 x Adhesive Plasters 1.9cm x 7.6cm
20 x Adhesive Plasters 1.0cm x 4.0cm
1 x Foil Emergency Blanket 130cm x 210cm
3 x Non Adherent Pad 3" x 3"
10 x Antiseptic Wipes
2 x Pairs of Medium Gloves
1 xPlastic Tweezers
1 x Medical Scissors
10 xsafe pin
1 X CPR Face Mask
A kit with this equipment inside a carry bag will cost around £20
Duct tape and even super glue are also worth considering in a survival situation - as we all know, duct tape solves everything!
From a wound dressing to an arm sling to a stretcher... don't leave home without it..!
This list and more could go on and on but being prepared with some emergency first equipment is better than none.
Finally…. get yourself trained and learn some first aid.
The St John Ambulance run many courses for all levels.
I think this an absolute must for any prepper.
But in the meantime get yourself a Safety First Aid kit, even a basic kit to get you started, something you can build on later, because you just never know when SHTF.
Happy Prepping Folks.