9 Essentials for Your Emergency Preparedness Kit
First-Aid Kit and Meds
For starters, relax. “Provided people stay at home and the home isn’t damaged, there doesn’t seem to be a major uptick in injuries during a natural disaster,” says Richard Lichenstein, M.D., the director of pediatric emergency-medicine research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore. A fresh first-aid kit and over-the-counter drugs, like acetaminophen, Benadryl, and hydrocortisone cream, should be sufficient. Refill prescriptions before they run low so you always have enough for a week at the ready, or get regular deliveries of a few months’ supply.