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Medical Emergency: How To Be Prepared

An Emergency Tote Bag

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An Emergency Tote Bag should Include what you need for at least a few days in a hospital. Following are some suggestions. Please add what works for your needs. As you consider the contents, please also think about what The American Red Cross and Home Safety Council suggest you keep on hand in the event of a disater. Combining the two keep you prepared "just in case" without  duplicating effort or expense. Those items are listed below.

  • Pajamas or dressing gown.
  • Slippers.
  • Toiletries.
  • Non-perishable food to snack on both in an emergency room and when you first get to your room.
  • Bottled water.
  • Something to keep you occupied such as reading material
  • Copies of your health insurance information and health history.
  • Headphones for your telephone or other device on which you can listen to music and/or watch videos..

If you are not able to take the bag with you, it will be available for a friend or family member to bring you. 

Disaster Emergency supplies

The American Red Cross and Home Safety Council suggest that the following items be kept in an easily portable watertight tub in the event of a disaster.

It is suggested that the items be kept in an easily portable watertight tub in the event of a quick evacuation.

  • A gallon of drinking water per person
  • 3 days' worth of protein rich canned food (preferably with an easy to open top) and a can opener
  • A small tool kit
  • A Flashlight with batteries or flourescent glowsticks.
  • Spare socks.
  • A disinfectant such as rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer
  • A first aid kit
  • An extra pair of eyeglasses
  • A one or two week supply of prescription medications

Also consider

  • A duplicate copy of the prescription for your drugs in the event you need a refill while away from home or in case you can't get to your usual pharmacy.
  • A copy of your medical records (or at least a summary of your diagnosis and treatments)
  • A radio that runs on batteries and/or is hand cranked and/or works on solar power. 

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