In over 30 years of experience in emergency response, as a firefighter and trainer, I have developed a list of practical first aid supplies with the ideal quantities that will allow you to treat the expected number of victims that large earthquake may cause.
First aid supply is the #1 priority when it comes to disaster preparedness. However, mass preparedness can be difficult especially if you don’t have any experience in real disasters.
If you’ve only been guessing how much quantity do you need for each supply, then this tool will solve it for you.
Check out our School Earthquake Preparedness Guide and Checklist, I've put together all the important things that matter to a school and help you to create a real world plan and response to an emergency.
What kind of injuries will you expect and how many people do you think will be injured?
As much as we want everyone to be safe without any injuries, a large earthquake will definitely do some damages. And the damage will depend on your building structure, furniture places, glasses hazards, and where the person is while the ground is shaking.
And as much as we want everyone to do “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” – there will still be people who will freak out and run and may injure themselves.
This is why it’s crucial to have first aid supplies available. You will expect minor injuries like scrapes, wounds, cuts, fractures, and even severe injuries like severe bleeding and shock that may lead to death.
Now, to help you decide how much you need, here’s our free Disaster Preparedness Calculator for Schools. It gives you an instant result of the ideal quantity of supplies you need based on the number of people in your school.
Now, if you want to build your own disaster first aid kit, here’s how:
First Aid Kit Supply Computation For Every 150 persons
To make it easy for you, we are suggesting to get these items for every 150 persons.
- 2 Stretchers – for transporting the injured
- 50 pr. Vinyl gloves – protection from body fluids
- 15 Trauma dressings 5×9 –for control of severe bleeding
- 50 Gauze dressings 4×4 – for control of moderate bleeding
- 15 Triangular bandages – for arm slings/pressure dressings
- 10 rolls of Gauze bandages – for securing dressings
- 100 Band-aids – for small scrapes
- 4 Leg cardboard splints – for broken legs
- 1 Arm cardboard splints – for broken arms
- 1 bottle of Burn Gel – treat burns
- 5 Ice packs – to reduce swelling from bumps and bruises
- 20 Sterile water pouches – treating burns/flushing wounds
- 5 rolls of First Aid tape – securing bandages and dressings
- 1 roll of Duct tape – used for triage tags and securing splints
- 10 Emergency thermal blankets – warmth, treat shock
- 2 Paramedic scissors – heavy duty cutting
- 1 Tweezers – removing glass and wood splinters
- 100 Antiseptic wipes – cleansing minor wounds
- 100 Antimicrobial wipes – disinfection of rescuer
So if your school population is 600, then you will divide it by 150 = 4 and that will be your multiplier for each of the items.
Equation: [Number of supply] x [Multiplier]
School Population: 600 / 150 = 4 is your Multiplier
50 pr. Vynal Gloves x 4 = 200 pr. Vynal Gloves
We’ve put together a Disaster First Aid that contains ideal supplies for every 150 persons.
If your school is ready to invest in first aid supplies, don’t let it go to waste – all of the above supplies are useless if your staff doesn’t know how to use them. So it is essential to get your staff prepared with proper training. Training classes provide confidence and reduce panic in the staff in knowing they are doing the right thing which directly affects their ability to save lives. Read more about Disaster Survival Skills Training for Schools here.