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Preparing for Natural Disasters

Natural disasters have been a top of mind concern for people across the nation recently as Hurricane Florence makes way toward the southeast coastline.

The extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane is expected to make landfall with extreme impact including extreme flooding, damaging forceful winds, and rising ocean waters. People are fleeing and warnings to evacuate have already been in place.

Not all disasters come with advanced warnings and just how detrimental this storm will remain to be seen.

With September being ‘Preparedness Month,’ it’s the perfect opportunity to review key precautions to take in advance to be best prepared for any natural disasters that may strike.

Prepare Your First Aid Kit

Having an emergency kit that’s easily accessible, well stocked and ready to use is a top priority for crisis preparedness. Including essential items you and your family will need in the event that you’re not able to leave or enter your home is a great place to start.

Consider including these basic essentials:

- Water

- Non-perishable foods

- Change of clothes

- Flashlight

- Batteries

- Personal hygiene items

There will likely be even minor injuries to address – or larger ones depending on the disaster. Having a first aid kit ready with supplies to address those is critical.

Some items to include in a first aid kit include:


- Antiseptic ointment


- Sanitizer


Create a Family Emergency Plan

The best way to keep chaos and anxiety levels in control when disaster strikes is to have a plan in advance that everyone is confident in following. Keeping your family safe when the unexpected occurs includes having them practice evacuation routes and know who to contact should they lose touch with members of the household.

Be sure to register for emergency notifications from local emergency stations and monitor them closely for important information.

In addition to working on a plan everyone in the house knows, you should have it written out and put it in a safe location along with important documents should a disaster occur.

Here are some examples of the documents you should store safely and have access to:

- Identification cards

- Emergency contact information

- Driver’s licenses

- Photo IDs

- Birth certificates

- Social Security cards

Don’t Forget Pets!

While considering the safety of family members in a disaster, don’t forget to include your extended family – the four-legged friends you’ve had by your side each day. It’s easy to neglect including them in emergency plans and having to scramble last minute ensuring they are safe too. Instead put together a separate preparedness kit that will ensure your pet can survive.

Items to include in a Pet Preparedness Kit:

- A few days worth of their daily food intake in a tight and waterproof container.

- Clean, fresh water for a few days

 - Medical records & important documents.

- A separate first aid kit with supplies to address pet injuries

- Some familiar items to help reduce stress.

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Protecting employees while on the job is a requirement for workforces across the country. Not only keeping a safe environment for them to come to each day, but also providing necessary protections and equipment to shield them from harm. This is especially true in industries that handle dangerous materials such as toxic and caustic chemicals or those where heavy machinery and dangerous machinery is being used.

While hard hats, goggles, and gloves are great forms of protection there is also a need to protect employees from foot and leg injuries which are quite common.

According to OSHA, all safety footwear required for these facilities must meet ANSI minimum compression and impact performance standards and be ANSI-approved with a protective toe. Other options such as toe guards, leggings (for protection from welding sparks) and metatarsal or shin guards or over shoe and shoe cover protection are all common choices in footwear protection for the workforce.

In addition, there is a requirement that all safety footwear be inspected prior to use and they should be cleaned and maintained to prevent trips, falls and electrical hazards.

In industries where workers may not necessarily be interacting with dangerous materials but must be on their feet for many hours throughout the day, foot injuries can also occur. Shoes that include anti-fatigue insoles to support and redistribute pressure are as important as keeping flooring clear of debris and trip hazards.

How do you get employees to follow suit?

As the employer with a financial responsibility to keep workers safe, it’s important to implement rules on the use of PPE requirements and to offer mandatory safety training that helps employees realize just how many dangers are present.

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Across the U.S., warehouses play an important role in many industries. These locations maintain, produce and process products and goods and they also employ a large part of the workforce. Warehouses can also be extremely dangerous. The mix of heavy machinery, fast-paced work environment, and interaction between man and machine make safety and emergency prep important.

Here are some basic warehouse safety tips to keep anyone walking the floor at your facility well protected.

Always Use Personal Protection Equipment

Personal protection equipment (PPE) plays a vital role in the factory and warehouse setting. Protecting employee’s from injuries on the job and keeping visitors safe should be a primary focus. Various solutions from goggles to protect eyes, to hard hats, dust masks, back braces and so much more can be used. Depending on specific conditions at your worksite requirements for protective equipment may change. In some industries use of this safety gear is also critical to meet compliance standards.

Never Skimp on Training

A well-trained staff won’t just be safer, they’ll also work more efficiently on the job and be satisfied. This will show in their work. Feeling as though they are protected and their best interests are being kept in mind creates a workforce that's empowered with the skills to perform the job. By boosting employee morale, productivity levels, and even the bottom line will benefit.

Discover Specific Risks

To protect workers and employers from dangerous workplaces and the occurrence of injury or fatalities, OSHA has standards in place for the operation of machinery, necessary signage and other standards for warehouses to meet. If the use of forklifts carrying heavy pallets or containers throughout your warehouse is frequent for example, there are requirements for safe operation. Or, if repetitive motion and heavy lifting are part of the daily routine, there should be proper breaks so employees can perform stretching routines and taught proper lifting techniques to prevent issues. 

Keep First Aid Cabinet Stocked

In the event of an injury – even a small cut or scrape, it’s important that immediate attention is given. To do so, you need first aid supplies in a convenient location and stocked with essential supplies to meet whatever scenario may happen at your location. The importance of warehouse safety cannot be understated. At 1stAidSupplies we have everything you need to keep production moving and safety top of mind. 


The back to school season is upon us. Across many parts of the nation kids and young adults are heading back to class and now's a perfect time to review first aid tips for a healthy and successful school year.

In both the grade school and university level, having first aid training and supplies on hand in classrooms and around the building can be vital during emergencies.

Here are some tips to keep in mind this school year when it comes to first aid.

Have Emergency Plans Set

Just as with workplace safety, it’s important for schools to have plans in place on how to handle emergency situations. Some of these rules will apply to specific regulations, but many others are set in place on a local and state level and should be communicated clearly. Whatever your health and safety strategy at your school, be sure there are provisions in place that include a proper amount of first aid supplies and that kits are replenished regularly.

Emergency plans may also require staff and even students to have some basic first aid training. Holding free courses and requiring staff to become certified in things like first aid resuscitation can be extremely helpful when disaster strikes.  

Keep First Aid Supplies in Reach

The only way to respond to an emergency effectively is by having needed supplies on hand to handle the disaster. Keeping your first aid kit locked away in a storage closet where someone in need potentially wouldn’t be able to get it is not a good plan. Remember to keep multiple first aid kits within reach and scattered throughout the building in strategic and well-marked places. Kits containing different types of supplies for responders can also be used. A nurse, for example, may have access to things like epi-pens and inhalers while a trained teacher may instead have a kit with gauze and bandages close by.

At we carry a number of emergency preparedness kits to help schools and campuses meet requirements and be prepared for various disaster scenarios. Our Deluxe Classroom Lockdown Kit offers all of the supplies needed for those trapped in a lockdown scenario to survive. We also offer a Teacher Survival Kit and basic supplies for students to survive 3 days in an emergency.  

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Keeping the workplace safe isn’t just common sense, it involves a number of mandated policies and practices that must be followed to remain compliant. Depending on the worksite and dangers present at the location, this can include the use of protective equipment, first aid training, and even special certifications.

Understanding what’s required for your workplace is a great place to start. As both the employer and the employee there is a responsibility to keep conditions safe and peaceful. Safety training ensures everyone is on the same page about where to access first aid supplies and what to do should an emergency situation occur.

Here’s a closer look at what to expect with first aid training sessions in the workplace.

On-Site Training

In order to ensure all employees have received hands-on training on the procedures necessary to conduct emergency care, holding an onsite training course is a great route. Professional instructors certified in First Aid, CPR, AED and more can be chosen to meet your requirements. They will put together a specialized training plan that fits your organization's specific needs and incorporates your company specific guidelines and budgets. Even if staff members are already trained, recertifications are a great reason to book them for an onsite training session as well.

Online & Video First Aid Courses

If an in-person instruction for first aid procedures is not necessary or required, it’s still important to get information on proper handling of emergency situations out to employees. This can be done using online training courses or even video courses.

At we offer many resources and information outlets including training for first aid, CPR, and OSHA classes.  You can also purchase safety and first aid cd's for your company directly from our catalog.

With a video training kit, you’ll get an instructional video, a comprehensive instructor's guide, scheduling and attendance forms and employee quiz forms. You’ll also receive employee booklets with text and illustrations to highlight important points and posters that can be displayed around the workplace to remind everyone of the importance of safety.