First Aid & All Things Medical:

Pharmacies won't be open or at best they will be depleted under a loss of infrastructure. Those dependent on medicine need to stock enough of their drug to get past a short interruption of supply and they need to get smart on alternative resources to treat their condition.

Here is a great article on performing triage
during an MCI (Multiple Casualty Incident). The link will take you to the article on which is a great site for a lot of great information. alton-md.html

Things you don't think about - Items we don't usually keep in our home first-aid kit would be greatly appreciated under adverse times. Here's a short list:

* Heat rash treatment such as "Anti Monkey Butt Powder" and "Butt Paste"
* Benadryl for allergy, itch, bee sting, sleep aid
* Oscillococcinum, this is "gold" for supressing early flu like symptoms
* Bag Balm for hands and Lip Balm (Chapstick or your favorite) for lips
* Organic vinegar = dilluted for cough and sore throat, many other uses

This is far from a complete list but it gets you thinking on the right track. Keep thinking.

Expanding a Band-Aid Box - We're finding that our old first-aid box just isn't going to be enough. More

Many over-the-counter medications are virtual life savers when sickness comes. Simple analgesics like aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen can offer relief and fever suppression while anti-diarrhea and laxatives can mean the difference of life or death. The two most deadly medical conditions that commonly lead to death are constipation and dehydration. Simple medications with the knowledge of how to administer them are vital. MORE