An essential skill for any prepper is basic first aid skills. This skill set is so important that every competent member of your group should have the proper training from the very basics to CPR and beyond. Luckily there are plenty of resources the prepper can look into, some of which are free. We’ve listed some of these resources below.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross offers a wide variety of low cost first aid classes that anyone can take in almost every community, and they go beyond traditional first aid and CPR classes. Preppers can also find specialized classes that are also quite useful, such as Wilderness survival, swimming and water safety, and more. The American Red Cross is listed first, as it’s the most comprehensive resource available for learning different types of survival and aid skills across a wide array of areas. You’ll be able to learn everything from treating Hypothermia and burns to properly administering medicine and preparing for disasters. The best part is, it’s not expensive at all; you can take most of the available courses for less than $100 each.
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training is available in many communities across the United States and is offered for free to interested citizens. This program is generally taught by a local fire department and includes excellent first aid training as well as disaster response training. It is truly a must do training for your emergency preparations.
American Heart Association
If you’re interested in learning CPR, the AHA is an excellent resource that will get you officially certified and ready if and when it’s needed.
Many local hospitals offer a variety of first aid training programs open to the public for a small fee. Most of the courses will concentrate on CPR and pregnancy issues as those are of primary interest to the average layperson.
Local Community and Specialty Colleges
There are many colleges that offer a variety of courses in first aid and medical related topics. You probably won’t be able to take these without enrolling in the college, but it could be an important investment for you to make. You could even use this as a way to jumpstart a new career.
This option is not appropriate for most preppers but for those with the interest and desire, it is a good way to combine a superb prepping education with career training.
There are online resources such as HEALTHandMED that can aid in providing you with basic information and different options for administering first aid or obtaiing the medicines or supples you need for any eventuality. There are also a variety of online training programs available that can be obtained via a simple Bing or Google search.
Whatever resources you choose to embrace, it’s important to get started with first aid immediately. Let us know of any great resources you’ve researched in the comments, or on Facebook, Instagram, or our other social networks! And don’t forget your first aid kit.