Disaster Preparedness – First Aid Training

First Aid Training[2]

Red Cross First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training and certification meets the needs of workplace responders, professional rescuers school staffs, professional responders and healthcare providers, as well as the general public.

The Red Cross offers both certified and non-certified training options. Local American Red Cross chapters can provide information about this type of training. To find classes in your area, visit the Red Cross and select your location and class category.[1]


First Aid Volunteer & Free Training Resources

  • Through Citizen Corps, individuals can learn about opportunities to get involved and help first responders. With proper training and education, civilian volunteers expand the resources available to states and local communities. Many partner organizations offer public education, outreach and training for free. Get trained in CPR and basic first aid and volunteer to help mass care and sheltering operations at your local American Red Cross Chapter.[3]
  • The American Heart Association free resource, Hands-Only™ CPR can help you learn lifesaving information.[4]
  • The Beat is also a free, online, interactive website designed to teach teens about the simple steps to save a life via games, music, videos and prizes.[5]

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit[7]

In any emergency a family member or you yourself may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.

Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination:[6]

  • Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Burn ointment
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies

Non-prescription drugs:

  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid
  • Laxative

Other first aid supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant



  1. American Red Cross – First Aid, CPR and AED Certification: http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/program-highlights/cpr-first-aid
  2. Image Source: http://www.ready.gov/safety-skills [Accessed: November 12, 2013]
  3. Ready.gov – Volunteer with Community Organizations: http://www.ready.gov/volunteer
  4. American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/HandsOnlyCPR/Hands-Only-CPR_UCM_440559_SubHomePage.jsp
  5. Amercian Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/HandsOnlyCPR/Hands-Only-CPR_UCM_440559_SubHomePage.jsp
  6. Ready.gov – Basic Disaster Supplies Kit: http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit
  7. Image Source: http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2013/12/do-1-thing-first-aid/ [Accessed: November 12, 2013]