Get Prepared

Don’t wait until a health emergency occurs. Prepare now with some classes from The American Red Cross, and then prepare a home first aid kit, following these suggestions from the Mayo Clinic, Kids Health, SafeWise and The Red Cross.

WHN TIP – Prepare Your Paperwork: Put together a Medical History Data Sheet that lists your allergies, health conditions and medications. Then download and complete the free My Personal Medication Record pdf from the AARP  in English or Spanish for each family member and update as needed.)

Home First Aid Kit


  • Adhesive tape
  • Elastic wrap bandages
  • Bandage strips and “butterfly” bandages in assorted sizes
  • Nonstick sterile bandages and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  • Eyeshield or pad
  • Triangular bandage


  • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Soap or hand sanitizer
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic solution  (like hydrogen peroxide) and towelettes
  • Eyewash solution
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Laxative, Antacids
  • Antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine
  • Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and aspirin (never give aspirin to children)
  • Hydrocortisone cream (1%)
  • Auto-injector of epinephrine, if prescribed by your doctor

Misc. Items

  • Aluminum finger split
  • Tooth preservation kit
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
  • Disposable nonlatex examination gloves, several pairs
  • Instant cold packs
  • Plastic bags, assorted sizes
  • Safety pins in assorted sizes
  • Scissors (both sharp and blunt-tipped) and tweezers
  • Thermometer (oral and rectal)
  • Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing wounds
  • Syringe, medicine cup or spoon

WHN TIP – Know What to Do: Download the free First Aid App from The Red Cross for instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies. Or order the Emergency First Aid Guide for a print resource.