When facing a hurricane, the last thing you want to encounter is illness or injury. But, by putting together a hurricane preparation kit, you can have peace of mind knowing you’ll be prepared if a medical emergency should arise.

“This type of first-aid preparation could be useful throughout the year, not just during hurricane season,” says John Chapman, Emergency Management Administrator. “But it’s especially important to make sure you have one prepared for even the slightest threat of a hurricane.”

Be aware that some pharmacies and drug stores may close early if there is a threat of a hurricane because their employees must prepare for it as well. Chapman advises these basics for your first-aid kit this season:

  • First-aid manual.
  • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes.
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins.
  • Cleansing agent/soap.
  • Latex gloves (2 pairs).
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sterile gauze pads (4-6) and triangular bandages (3).
  • Nonprescription drugs, such as ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen and an antihistamine for allergic reactions or as a sleep aid.
  • Sterile roller bandages for minor sprains (3 rolls).
  • Scissors, tweezers and needle.
  • Moistened towelettes.
  • Antiseptic.
  • Thermometer.
  • Tongue depressors (2).
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant.
  • Anti-diarrhea medication.
  • Antacid (for stomach upset).
  • Syrup of ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center).
  • Laxative.
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the poison control center).
  • Vitamins.
  • Add any necessary prescription and nonprescription drugs and any special needs for infants, elderly persons, or anyone with serious allergies.