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First Aid kits available from the Red Cross

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By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Natural disasters can occur anywhere. Some occur without warning, while others give plenty of notice.

If you stick it out at home, you know you should have lots of water, flashlights with extra batteries, a battery powered radio, and a generator. But there's something else that you may not have thought of.

As soon as the emergency is over and you're allowed to go back to your residence, the first thing you'll probably want to do is to repair anything that was damaged or destroyed.  But that can sometimes lead to trouble.

According to Mari Wright of the American Red Cross, "that's when people get hurt, when people go back in to clean out."

After a disaster strikes, a small bag available at your local Red Cross office may be as useful to you as a chainsaw or hammer. If you find that you're all thumbs, it contains what you need to stop the bleeding and keep the cut from getting infected.

Wright said, "there's gauze, there's bandages, there's antiseptics."

And the best part about these kits is their size. The family kit is only about 8 inches by 6 inches, yet it holds a twin size blanket. During Emergency Preparedness Month, the push is on to get these kits to as many people as possible. The Red Cross is partnering with GEMA and turning to one of Georgians greatest passions - football.

"For everyone who comes in to do that - to make a donation - we'll put their name and there will be a drawing for a football signed by one of the Atlanta Falcons," said Wright.

Even if you already have a first aid kit, you can still help the people on the coast dealing with Hurricane Earl. The first aid kits will join the legions of travelers on the road this weekend.

"People can make a donation to buy first aid kits for people who have had a disaster or an emergency," said Wright.

If they're not needed now, it will still be good to have these kits handy, because the next disaster may be around the corner.

"It's all part of preparedness," said Wright.

And this little bag could keep you from getting a big hurt if a disaster does strike.

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