Make your own first-aid kit

Published 8:00 am Thursday, December 18, 2014

I hope you have been considering the Do 1 Thing tips this year as we wrap up the monthly tips. These are only tips but they are here for you, the citizen. Many require nothing but the knowledge to use to use them. Other tips may include low cost purchases but in the long run, are well worth.

First Aid: Make or buy first aid kits for your home and car. Ready-made first aid kits are available at most department stores or your local American Red Cross chapter. These kits come in a variety of sizes and prices. You can also make your own kit from supplies you probably already have around the house. Some items that should be included in a basic first aid kit are:

• Adhesive Tape

• Gauze Pads & Roller Gauze (assorted sizes)

• Antiseptic Ointment

• Hand Sanitizer (liquid or wipes)

• Band-Aids (assorted sizes)

• Plastic Bags

• Blanket

• Scissors and Tweezers

• Cold Pack

• Small Flashlight and Extra Batteries

• Disposable Gloves

• Triangular Bandage

Many of my first aid items are in large, gallon size zip-lock bags. This is another low cost item for your individual or family kit.

This article, again, comes from Lansing. This week I am here for our semi-annual Community Service trooper update training. There is a lot of behind-the-scenes training that goes into this position. Last week I spent time as one of five instructors for the Teaching, Educating, and Mentoring (T.E.A.M), training other police officers the police-school liaison curriculum. This week, I am the student.

We have had a refresher on media training all day on Monday. This is excellent training on media contacts, how to speak to the camera, and other basic tips. I was able to mention Leader Publications and the awesome working relationship we have for these articles and other news.

We will be getting further updates on statistics, sexting (a huge issue in many schools), and Wednesday, conclude with a new community policing concept for the Michigan State Police.


Any questions or comments please contact me at or (269) 683-4411.