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So far, we’ve gone over a lot of items for home emergency kits, and car emergency kits.  Of course you can include everything on the list, or pick and choose according to your families needs. But sometimes, all of the gear in the world won’t make up for lack of knowledge. Aside from learning how to use your gear (instructions for tent set up, stoves, water filters etc) it might be wise to invest in learning some emergency skills. Namely, First Aid and CPR.

During my high school and some college years, I worked as a swim team coach and lifeguard. Both required certifications in First Aid and CPR that had to be renewed on an annual basis. Obviously, those years are behind me, but I can’t tell you the numerous times I’ve found that knowledge useful. Can we say – raising kids? Or a husband that’s pretty haphazard with “home repair projects”. Yup, it’s definitely reassuring to know what to do, if someone hits their head really hard, gets a deep cut, or is having trouble swallowing. Obviously, as a mom it’s useful. But I feel confident that if our family had an emergency where someone was hurt, I’d be able to help in some way.

So. How do you get started?

  • Red Cross: I’d recommend investigating the Red Cross website. You can look up classes in your area, and sign up in person or online. Red Cross offers more than just CPR. You can learn about care giving, organizing your family, neighbors and/or coworkers in an emergency, and volunteer opportunities. These classes are a really great resource. Check them out!
  • Online: You may live in an area that does not offer these classes at times or at a location that’s convenient for you. So, there are a few online sites that you can get certified in. Look up “Online CPR Certification” and you can peruse which one works best for you. Be sure it’s a certification that is accredited in your state, preferably in all 50 states.

Once your certified you’ll need to renew at least every 1-2 years. The reason being that some life saving techniques change, and new technology is becoming available. Class time may seem long and most of them will cost some cash, but it will be worth the investment to learn how to save a life.

Any other readers certified out there? How have you used these skills?

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