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2021 Preparedness - Dual Focus: Week 22

Week 22 - Food: Protein

Protein is so important for muscle maintenance and growth. Don’t skimp on protein. You have so many options here, meat, nuts, eggs, fish, nut butters, and beans. If you are storing beans as your protein be sure to store rice when we get to grains because beans are not a complete protein and you need rice to contribute the rest of the nutrients.

This week store 5 pounds of protein per family member.

Week 22 - General Store: First Aid Kits

Summer is here and that means family adventures begin, even if just in the backyard. With that in mind this week purchase or resupply your first aid kits. You should have these everywhere, so check off the following list and add any you may have overlooked.

At home: This kit should be a big one with bandages of every size, a sling, finger splints, medical tape, a scissors, antibacterial cream, gauze, eye wash, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, pain medications, anti-diarrheal meds, an epi pen and whatever else your family may need to have on hand due to medical conditions. Why such a big kit when you have a medicine cabinet full? Because this is the kit you will grab when you need to evacuate your home in an emergency.

In the car: Whether you are traveling to and from work and school or driving hundreds of miles to visit a favorite vacation site needs arise. You may come upon an accident. You may have an accident or the kids may cut a finger fooling around at a rest stop. In car kits be sure to have medical gloves and a one way breathing valve for CPR. I would add a pack of baby

wipes to my first aid supplies in the car to clean scrapes before applying antibacterial cream or to clean up after changing a tire. Be prepared.

At work: It may not be you but a co-worker who needs a fix up. This will also be the kit you will take with you should you need to evacuate during an emergency and not be able to get back to your car. This is especially important in areas prone to hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes as you may survive but your car may not.

Go check your kits and replenish and where needed add kits. Most of the supplies in a kit will never "go bad" so do a good job now and you are done! A nurse told me a few years ago that it is also a good idea to have more than Neosporin for a first aid cream. She suggested Bacitracin and other creams in the event that a stranger you help is allergic to the ingredients in one of the creams.

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