With the recent disaster in japan I had decided to re-evaluate my First Aid Kits. My kits are very basic but given the state of the world and here in the United States I may make several upgrades.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is a must.
I keep a couple First Aid Kits (one at home and another in the truck).
The kit includes various bandages, gauzes, splits, hemostats, latex gloves, anti-biotic creams, burn cream, thermometer, a stethoscope with blood pressure cuff, SAM splints, tweezers, hand sanitizer, pain meds, dextromorphin, benzocaine, lidocaine, Cipro (powder), etc. I may upgrade with an expanded trauma kit eventually as conditions change. I had a large trauma kit when I worked in Myanmar (formerly Burma)
In a radiation emergency it is good to keep some Potassium Iodide on hand to protect against thyroid cancer from radiation. It won't protect against much else except perhaps some toxic heavy metal contamination but you never can tell when a potential radiation threat materializes. I keep two vials of Potassium Iodide solution with eye droppers (~20 mg/drop). To block thyroid gland to prevent uptake of radioactive iodine contaminating food and water, take 4 drops of a saturated solution daily. (Fill a brown dropper bottle about 60% full with crystals, then add water until bottle is 90% full. Shake. Check to be sure that some crystals remain out of solution. See Nuclear War Survival Skills p. 114.)