Our Prayer: No one should have to choose between medicine and other necessities. No one should have to use the emergency room every time a child gets sick. And no one should have to live in constant fear that a medical problem will become a financial crisis. - Brad Henry

Riya and Jay are the light house and the joy of our lives and being kids they are always upto a mischief. Well... childhood is the time to play and enjoy one's life to the fullest and being unaware of any sort of responsibilities.

On one hand, childhood is the spring of joy and children spend their time with zeal and vigor while on the other hand it also makes kids quiet accident prone. But are you prepared for any miss happening? Are you well equipped with emergency supplies that would be needed in case of an emergency?

Well we were not, a few years back. It was back in time when Jay was a few months old. Remanika had secured him to sleep and came out in the lobby to spend her leisure time and sip a cup of tea with the family. Remanika always made a point of not shutting Jay's room door completely to be aware of any movement inside; my daughter in law is very smart. We all were enjoying our gala time when suddenly, there is a very loud THUD somewhere close by, and it almost made me drop my cup in fright. It is followed by an ear-shattering wail.

Oh my god! Jay. My wife screamed. We all jumped from our sofa and rushed to the bedroom. The sight was terrifying, Remanika was about to faint. Jay had sprawled on the floor on his stomach. There was blood spurting out from his head. Sameer picked up Jay and tried to calm him down but it was of no use, Remanika rushed to search for the first aid kit, so that by the time we reach the hospital atleast we could tie a bandage around his head to prevent the blood from gushing out.

But her efforts went in vain, she couldn't find anything instead we held cloth on his wound.

We rushed him to the hospital, I had held Jay in the car and my shirt was completely drenched with blood, we all were so darn worried and freaking out to see the sight. We arrived the hospital and Jay was treated. He got stitches around his head.

Without a doubt, he had a major injury and obviously couldn't be treated at home but cotton and bandage could have been of some help. This incident was a lesson to us, now we ensure that these emergency supplies are kept in good/working order and in place where they could be find accessible central location. This would make our family more secure.

An emergency situation could be a blackout, or an accident, such as someone has fallen from stairs or cut his finger with a knife, or fire in kitchen etc. When these things happen, do you feel you would be able to find the supplies you need? It can be anything, candles, antiseptic or bandages? Perhaps you could not find or did not have what you needed. It is very important to have emergency and safety supplies stored near the place where the emergency is most likely to happen and where everyone could find them quickly.

Identify a central location in your house were these supplies could be stored. Safety and emergency items should not be scattered throughout your house. You likely have many of the items you need already. Look over the following suggested list of items. You may want to buy those on the list you do not have.

1. A Torch in good working condition.
2. Extra batteries for radio and flashlight. Do not keep batteries in the flashlight or radio.
3. Candles. Keep in case of power failure.
4. Wooden matches. Use for lighting candles (out of the reach of small children).
5. Fire extinguisher.
6. Pepper Spray
7. Electrical Fuses
8. First-aid Supplies and instruction book.
9. Antiseptic
10. Scissors and plucker/t weezers - one of each

11. Aspirin - 100-count bottle
12. Calamine lotion (for insect bites, hives from allergic reactions
13. Thermometer - one oral and one rectal for small children or babies
14. Safety pins—one package of assorted sizes
15. Adhesive tape—one roll
16. One large box of assorted adhesive bandages
17. Matches (for sterilizing)—one box of wooden matches
18. Absorbent cotton—one box
19. Antibiotic ointment - one tube
20. Bicarbonate of soda (used for shock and upset stomach)-one box
21. Diarrhea remedy -one bottle
22. Elastic bandages (for sprains and aches)—one 3-inch (about 7.5-cm) and one 6-inch (about 15-cm)
23. Gauze-one roll
24. Hot water bottle
25. Hydrogen peroxide-one unbreakable bottle
26. Band-aid
27. Roller bandages-two 1 no. -inch (2.5-cm) and two 2 nos. -inch (5-cm)
28. Hand soap-one bar
29. Tincture of iodine
30. Eye drops and medicine dropper
31. Razor blades
32. Needles
33. Measuring cups
34. Knife
35. Consecrated oil
36. Soothing throat lozenges-one package

Place all these items in a waterproof container (metal, heavy plastic, or wooden). Also store blankets, sheets, and at least four thin board splints 30 inches (about 76 cm) long.

Label your supplies, and date all medicines. Check supplies periodically, replacing them as they are used and throwing away old or contaminated supplies. Do not throw old medicines into trash cans around the house, where small children could find and eat them. Instead, flush them down the toilet or dispose of them in some other safe way. Perishable items should be rotated regularly to reduce spoilage.

After you have gathered your safety supplies and decided what you need to buy, divide up assignments. Assign some family members to buy items you need, and others to label the items. Buy things as you can afford them. It may take a while to get all the supplies you would like to have.

After you have gathered and stored your supplies, you may want to have a series of family home evenings where you discuss how to use them.

If u want u can keep one in your car!

Additional Activities

1. Hold a family meeting one evening and invite neighbors and extended family members. Learn together what to do in emergency situations.
2. Donate a first-aid course to a charity organization nearby or a needy family.
3. Assign a family member to periodically inspect your supplies to make sure they are kept current.
4. Take your first-aid kit along on a trip or campout.
5. Put together a kit of emergency supplies to keep in your car. You could include the following:
Standard first-aid kit
Reflector and flares in case your car
stalls on the road or is involved
in an accident
Flashlight and batteries
Blanket to be used for shock,
cold weather, fire, or other
Tow chain
Fire extinguisher
Flat block to be used as a car jack support

Please do not procrastinate.
Excuses have no muscle.
You'll never find a better time
Than NOW! So better hustle.