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What to put in your first aid kit

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Accidents and injuries can happen any time of the year, but it's especially important to be prepared during hurricane season. During any natural disaster, you can't expect quick response times from emergency personnel -- in fact, the first 72 hours are up to you.

A good place to start is with a good first aid kit. They usually contain most of things you'll need to treat a simple wound or a simple problem at home.

If you get a cut or an abrasion, you want to make sure you treat it properly by cleansing it first and then applying some antibacterial cream. Keep hydrogen peroxide, betadine, or alcohol on hand in case if soap and water isn't available.

It's always nice to have an assortment of bandages and lots of different sizes. But in addition, you may want to get some closure strips. They help close the deeper wounds.

Stock up on prescriptions and over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen -- for both you and your kids.

Consider asking your doctor for 90-day supplies of daily prescriptions, like thyroid or blood pressure meds.

For allergies, make sure epi-pens are up to date and ready to go.

Eye injuries are common after a hurricane, especially when people are trying to clean up debris. So you'll want to have a pair of safety glasses on hand or at least a pair of sunglasses with side panels.

If you do get something in your eye, the first reaction may be to rub it, but you do not want to do that. Instead, flush your eye with sterile saline.

With standing water comes mosquitoes, so you want to make sure you protect your family with insect repellent. If that doesn't work and they do get a bite, Benadryl spray or hydrocortisone cream that you can buy over the counter will help with the itching.

Remember it's important to be prepared. Have your important medications in a plastic bag ready to go if you're asked to evacuate, and also take with you a health history form.

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