To prepare for an emergency situation, you need to stock your tornado shelter with the right supplies. We have already discussed the best food and drinks to keep around as part of our must-have storm shelter supplies list. Now we will look into the medication and first aid items you might need after a storm.
Read on to create a full-service first aid kit for your tornado shelter.
It is nice to keep some all-purpose medicines on hand for your storm shelter, just in case someone gets injured in the storm.
Some examples include:
* Motrin (ibuprofen) – for headaches, inflammation, toothaches, and muscle cramps
* Tylenol (acetaminophen) – for fevers and pain
* Cough Drops – for sore throats
* Allerga (or other allergy medicines) – for allergy relief
Of course, medication expires fairly quickly, so you will need to keep your stash relatively up to date. It may be best to store your first aid kit for the house near the storm shelter so you can just grab it on the way down. Then you can use the medication in the house without forgetting about it downstairs.
First Aid Supplies
First aid supplies help mend physical injuries when you have no access to hospitals and professional medical care. You can buy a pre-made first aid kit to keep around, or you could make your own with these items:
* Ace Bandages
* Sticky Bandages (Band-Aids)
* Medical Tape
* Cotton Swabs (Q-Tips)
* Cotton Balls
* Hydrogen Peroxide/Ethyl Alcohol
* Anti-Biotic Ointment (Neosporin)
Keep all of these items in a red plastic container so you can easily see it in a pile of debris. You may even go as far as preparing a cheat-sheet of guides for emergency injury repairs, like how to set a broken bone or how to stitch an open wound. Add items to your first aid kit that accommodate those situations, and you will be prepared when the storm hits.
Keep some hand sanitizer in your medical supplies so you can wash your hands before repairing an injury. You can buy a small, travel sized bottle to fit in your first aid kit, and then you won’t have to worry about wasting precious water washing your hands.