- First Aid Essentials Slideshow Pictures
- Trauma and First Aid Quiz
- First Aid Sprains & Strains Slideshow Pictures
- Find a local Doctor in your town
- Introduction to preparing for a hurricane
- What is a hurricane?
- How are hurricanes named and tracked?
- Preparing Before the Hurricane
- What is my family plan for a hurricane?
- How do I create a hurricane supply kit?
- Where can I go to be safe during a storm?
- How do I secure my home during a hurricane?
- What about my pets during a hurricane?
- What to Do After a Hurricane (What hurricane aftermath health concerns?)
- How can I make sure our water is safe?
- How do I perform first aid for injuries?
- How can I prevent injuries after a hurricane?
- Prevent fatigue-related injuries
- Wear protective gear
- Beware of electrical hazards
- Avoid carbon monoxide
- Beware of structural instability
- Avoid hazardous materials
- Be prepared for fires
- Prevent drowning
- Reduce the risk of thermal stress
- What can I do to cope with mental stress after a hurricane?
- How do I deal with wild and domestic animals in a disaster?
Quick GuideFirst Aid: 8 Essential First Aid Items for Car or Purse
How do I perform first aid for injuries?
First aid is extremely important when someone is exposed to waters potentially contaminated with human, animal, or toxic wastes.
- If you live in a hurricane-prone area, take a community-based first aid course, such as those offered by the American Red Cross.
- If you are injured, contact a physician if possible to determine the necessary type of treatment (for example, need for tetanus shot).
- Immediately clean out all open wounds and cuts with soap and clean water.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment to wounds and cuts if available to discourage infection. Take care to assure the affected individual is not allergic to the compound.
- If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.
- If you are not sure what to do for yourself or someone else, seek help immediately.
How can I prevent injuries after a hurricane?
When the wind and waters recede, people in the areas affected by a hurricane will continue to face a number of hazards associated with cleanup activities. Follow these guidelines to prevent injury.
Prevent fatigue-related injuries
Long hours of work, combined with exhaustion, can create a highly stressful situation during cleanup. People working on hurricane and flood cleanup can reduce their risks of injury and illness in several ways:
- Set priorities for cleanup tasks and pace the work. Avoid physical exhaustion.
- Resume a normal sleep schedule as quickly as possible.
- Be alert to emotional exhaustion or strain. Consult family members, friends, or professionals for emotional support.