With new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases popping up throughout the U.S., many families are reasonably worried about what to do when they get sick and how to prepare for a widespread health emergency. Stocking up your medicine cabinet is one way to stay prepared, and is something you can easily maintain, to stay ready for future emergencies or natural disasters. Here’s a look at what you should keep on hand.
Extra Prescription Meds
If possible, you should have at least an extra week’s worth of any prescription meds for your household on hand. When emergencies and natural disasters affect communities, pharmacies may run low on inventory, or you may be unable to reach your local pharmacy. Make a habit of refilling prescriptions early to stay prepared.
OTC Pain Killers
A common home cure for most illnesses is over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin. These medications are both pain relievers and fever reducers, so they can be helpful for headaches, body aches and pains, fever, and other types of inflammation. You might also stock up on cold and flu medication, first aid supplies, and cough drops.
For all medications you keep stockpiled in your emergency kit, prescription or otherwise, check the dates regularly to ensure they aren’t expired. You’ll also want to find a cool, dry storage area where you can store them—the bathroom medicine cabinet is actually one of the worst places to store most medications due to the heat and humidity of the space.
Batteries, Contact Solution, and Other Essential Accessories
Some commonly overlooked emergency kit supplies include batteries, contact solution, and other accessories for items like hearing aids, contacts, and other medical devices. It’s also smart to keep sealed bottled water on hand.
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