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Be Prepared: Advice On A Well-outfitted First Aid Kit

(Washington, DC, February 20, 2003): With so much uncertainty in the world, the Council on Family Health (CFH) advises Americans to be certain they have well-stocked first aid kits in case of emergency. To assist, CFH is making its "Always Be Prepared" resources available online to consumers. The materials include a tip sheet providing families with general health and medicine information, as well as a checklist to help consumers determine what to include in their first aid kits. The Council also has assembled links to government emergency preparedness organizations as sources for additional information.

"First aid kits are essential to have on hand for any type of emergency," says CFH President Robert G. Donovan. "It's also a good idea to look at what your daily medication needs are, especially for the elderly and those with chronic illnesses." CFH recommends consumers:

  • Keep at least a day's supply of needed medicines with them when away from home, in case of unexpected delays returning.  
  • Maintain well-stocked first aid kits in both their home and car.  
  • Make sure their first aid kits include appropriate healthcare items and resources such as a first aid manual and a list of emergency telephone numbers.

"These are uncertain times," concludes Donovan, "but Americans certainly can take simple steps to help ensure they are ready to handle emergencies."

The Council on Family Health (www.cfhinfo.org) is a nonprofit organization established in 1966 dedicated to educating consumers about the proper use of nonprescription and prescription medicines and dietary supplements, home safety, and personal health.

Created: 2/22/2003  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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