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  • Halloween

    HalloweenHalloween is creeping up on us - here's a reminder of some great Halloween Fun & Safety articles!

  • Waffles

    waffle-houseWith Hurricane Matthew hitting the southern states, there have been numerous business closings. None so surprising as the closing of 25 Waffle House locations due to the dangerous storms. The southern staple is so notorious for staying open that the closure of one store is significant enough for FEMA to unofficially monitor the chain's activity. After Hurricane Irene, the chain only closed one store after multiple had lost power in the same area. The closure helped FEMA discover where to focus their resources. Fans of the restaurant seem to take the closures to heart more so than the advice of local officials. "Folks, when they shut down the Waffle House -- it's time to leave town," tweeted Todd Starnes. The chain has not announced when the stores will re-open.

  • Matthew

    As we have 2 Matthews here at First Aid Mart, and we're in the Hurricane Preparedness Business - the current weather drama is top of mind to us.

    Hurricane WarningEven if a hurricane hasn't reached land, the effects of the hurricane could be severely dangerous. Hurricane Matthew has already proven himself to be the strongest Atlantic tropical storm since 2007, after transitioning to a category 4 hurricane at 11pm ET Monday. This is a reminder that being prepared for emergency weather could mean the difference between life and a possibly life threatening situation.

    Hurricane Matthew already has already met the south eastern United States and has reached 140 MPH winds during Monday evening, gradually making his way north through the Caribbean at a speed of 7 MPH. Tuesday Hurricane Matthew reached the Bahamas and through Thursday made a big mess of the Bahamas.


    Cone of UncertaintyBy Saturday afternoon a Category 2 Storm with 105 MPH winds will strike the east coast. A cone of uncertainty 350-mile-wide will cross south eastern Florida all the way through Virginia. The US, EURO, and The National Hurricane Center all have very close approximations and can confirm that, everyone within this cone must prepare.

    Right now the projected path is right off of the Eastern coast and may change within a moment's notice. When that happens, we will not have a lot of time to prepare for this emergency.

    See View of Hurricane Matthew From International Space Station

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    (By the way - at one point we had 3 Matthews here at First Aid Mart, but one went by "Matt" and we didn't like him much.  Ha Ha.)

  • World Animal Day

    Today is World Animal Day!

    We've shared before about our support of endangered species and the National Geographic Society's efforts to save them...

    Now - you can raise awareness on World Animal Day.


    According to KeepInCalendar, World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October the 4th. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned in locations all over the globe. The 4th of October was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to October the 4th with a Blessing of the Animals.

    World Animal Day, however, has now gone beyond being the celebration of a Christian saint and is today observed by animal-lovers of all beliefs, nationalities and backgrounds. Animal blessings are held in churches, synagogues, and by independent animal chaplains in parks and fields. Animal rescue shelters hold fundraising events and open days, wildlife groups organize information displays, schools undertake animal-related project work and individuals and groups of friends or co-workers donate to animal charities or pledge to sponsor a shelter animal.

    In Argentina it is celebrated on April 29 as a tribute to the death (in 1926) of Dr. Lucas Ignacio Albarracín. Albarracín was, along with Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, one of the founders of the Sociedad Argentina Protectora de Animales (Argentine Society of Protection of Animals) and the proponent of the National Law on Protection of Animals.

    Why celebrate World Animal Day?

    Building the celebration of World Animal Day mobilizes people for action now for a better future for animals.

    Throughout history, social movements (mass actions) like World Animal Day, have always been a major vehicle for ordinary people’s participation in politics, and key in fighting for social justice and reform. The lives of animals are profoundly affected by the actions of individuals, businesses, and nations.  It’s therefore essential that, as sentient beings, their rightful status as recipients of social justice is established and translated into effective animal protection.  Through increased awareness and education, we can help develop a compassionate culture which feeds into legal reform and social progress to make this world a fairer place for all living creatures.  A world where animals are recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

    There are other days linked to animals such as: World Day for Laboratory Animals on 24 April and World Wildlife Day on 3 March, and these are important too. However, World Animal Day is the one day of the year that embraces all animals and the unique concerns of each, in every country. It’s a special opportunity to commemorate our love and respect for animals by doing something special to highlight their importance in the world.  It unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force for change. Participation in celebrating World Animal Day grows each year, with a huge variety of inspiring events being held in an increasing number of countries. In 2003, we recorded 44 events being held in 13 countries and this has now grown to an estimated 1000 events in around 100 countries. YOU can help enhance the visibility of World Animal Day.

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  • America's PrepareAthon℠

    National Preparedness Month ends Today, with America's PrepareAthon!℠

    The PrepareAthon is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness!

    September is a time to remember and a time to prepare.

    Get a Kit ✔

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    Be Informed ✔

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    Make a Plan ✔

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    Learn more about National Preparedness .

    America’s PrepareAthon! takes a Whole Community approach to disaster preparedness with registered preparedness actions at the grassroots level across the Nation. The campaign offers easy-to-implement resources to help individuals, organizations, and communities practice simple, effective actions. Preparedness actions can be scaled from individual actions to community-wide events.

    For ideas on what you can do for America’s PrepareAthon!, we encourage you to explore the site where you’ll find access to free resources, learn about preparedness events happening in your area, read preparedness stories, and be able to register your own preparedness activities.


  • What is an Eco-Spray can?

    INatrapel-Continuouss it a bird? is it a plane? Is it an aerosol?

    Eco-Spray cans, such as the Ben's® 30 Tick & Insect Repellent package and Natrapel® Continuous Spray, provide a continuous spray for application. The eco-friendly delivery system uses compressed air instead of chemical propellants.

  • USA

    BruceOn this day in 1949, Bruce Springsteen was Born in the U.S.A.
    (We love "Made in USA" - like our awesome Urgent First Aid Kits and Cabinets.)

    Arguably New Jersey's most famous native son, Springsteen's oeuvre is heavily influenced by small towns and working class families he encountered growing up. He broke out nationally with 1975's Born To Run, and became best known for his aforementioned album Born in the U.S.A, which sold 30 million copies worldwide and featured seven Top 10 singles. Springsteen has developed a rabid fan base not only for his expansive discography, but more notably for his marathon made_in_usa_Flag1Gconcerts that continue to this day; he set a new record for longest U.S. show (four hours and three minutes!) earlier this month. Happy Birthday, Boss!

  • Suturing in First Aid

    While typical bystander First Aid doesn't includes anything invasive (intubation, suturing, etc.) many of our hard-core adventurists, outdoor enthusiasts, and survivalists want the equipment they need to self-care for more extreme injuries when far from help.

    0130-0468That is why we offer the Suture Syringe Medical Kit.  Designed to fit inside the World and Smart Travel kits, but a perfect additional for any first aid kit or first responder bag -  the Suture/Syringe Medic is a necessity for any trips to locations where sterile supplies may not be available. Contents are sealed and should not be opened except by a local caregiver for use on a single patient. Packed in a durable, reusable, and lightweight pouch.

    Kit contains enough first aid and medical gear for 1 person for single use.


    - Contains declaratory statements in 8 common languages to ease passage through customs checkpoints.
    - Fits in the mesh front pocket of Smart and World Travel Kits.


    Which states prohibit the sale of certain medical kits containing syringes?
    The following states prohibit the sale of the Suture Syringe Medic: Alabama, California, Washington DC, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia.

  • September is a time to remember and a time to prepare.

    Get a Kit ✔

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    Be Informed ✔

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    Make a Plan ✔

    Image of a compilation of first aid kits,,, and encourage all businesses, organizations, and individuals to join this national effort. 2016 is the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 events. This is a time to remember those lost, and to prepare so you, your loved ones, and your community are prepared for any emergency situation.

    Being a part of the preparedness effort is easy and there are many ways to get involved and make a difference. From participating in an event already planned and scheduled in your community, to including preparedness messaging in existing communications, to working with your local fire community, or even creating an emergency preparedness event or practice drill... No effort is too small or too large!

    Here are some great Preparedness Ideas (Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter for more National Preparedness Month Tips all Month in September):

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    Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and increase the level of preparedness across the nation.

    Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) get an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan, and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

    Preparedneses Month Tips:

    Tip #1: Prepare your Car before your Home. Why? 90% of Americans own a car and travel in it regularly... far more than any other nation. Your vehicle is almost always with you... whether at home or away. Keep your Emergency Preparedness Supplies in your vehicle and odds are you will have them handy when you need them.

    Tip #2: Eat the food in your Freezer after the Food in your Refrigerator. Why? Even though prepared Americans typically will have a well stocked supply of Emergency Preparedness Food and Water, it is advisable to eat and drink what you have in your home BEFORE you break into these supplies. Eat and drink what is available in your home first in case you need to take the Emergency supplies with you - You may be evacuated or find a need to move. Save the more portable Emergency rations for that purpose. Eat and drink what you have in your home sensibly. Do not even open your freezer to take stock of what is inside, in fact, if the power goes out - tape your freezer shut to hold the cold inside. Eat the food in your Refrigerator First, as it will spoil while the freezer food is slowly thawing in the sealed freezer compartment. This can buy you an extra 24 hours in a well stocked, well sealed freezer. After depleting the perishables in your fridge, then move on to the freezer items, but do it quickly - If you have items still frozen in there (towards the middle of the freezer) If so, pull the thawed items to your refrigerator for another cold storage location, work through that, and allow the still-frozen food to remain in the freezer until it thaws... repeat until all perishable food is consumed, and only then move on to your canned and dry goods. This will help you stretch your food supplies for days.

    Tip #3: Do Not Flush Your Toilets (Yet) Why? The water in your toilet tank is potable water... same as your tap water. Save it for Drinking water... If you flush your toilets, your are using gallons of safe, drinkable water that could help sustain your family. Remember, too, that if you have a tank water heater, this may also have many, many gallons of safe water for your consumption so use it for drinking.

    Tip #4: Change your flashlight and Emergency Radio batteries every time you adjust your clocks (daylight savings and standard time) Why? This is an easy way to remember to keep your emergency supplies ready to use. Each time you adjust your clocks forward or back, change the batteries in your Emergency supplies and while you are at it, check the condition and expiration dates of everything in our supply packs... it may be time for replacements or to augment what you have gathered with additional supplies.

    Preparedneses Month Tips:

    ✓ Become a National Preparedness Month Coalition Member (
    ✓ Update and Distribute Emergency Contact Information to your Employees. Additionally, you can create and distribute a list of important emergency numbers in the areas you do business.
    ✓ Host a Business Preparedness Review. Organize an emergency preparedness procedures review with employees to review your companys emergency plans and practice emergency drills. For more information about business preparedness, go to and click on "Ready Business." There are many resources and tools that you can order or download.
    ✓ Host a Brown Bag Lunch or Preparedness Meeting or Day.
    ✓ Put Emergency Items on Display. Showcase an Emergency Supply Kit in your break room or other high-traffic locations and encourage employees to get their own Emergency Supply Kits for their homes.
    ✓ Make Employees Aware. Put a bottle of water on each employees desk along with a note that says "If there is an emergency, do you have enough water to last you and your family for three days?" and a printout of the emergency supply checklist.
    ✓ Showcase Instructional Videos and PSAs. Play them in lobbies, waiting rooms, break rooms, and/or at events. Various instructional videos are available at
    ✓ Host a Business Preparedness Workshop. Contact a local business or commerce organization and work together to host workshops for business leaders about the importance of business preparedness. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau have worked with the Ready Campaign and their local organizations may be interested in serving as a resource for you.
    ✓ Conduct Office Evacuation/Shelter-in-Place Exercises and Drills. During the month of September, schedule emergency exercises and drills. Once completed, evaluate how well they worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. For information on addressing the needs of employees with disabilities, visit
    ✓ Distribute Emergency Preparedness Messages. Include emergency preparedness messages in communication touch points such as e-mails, newsletter articles, bill stuffers, receipts, and Social Media. Recommendations for National preparedness Month:

    PREPARE NOW! September is National Preparedness Month!
    "National Preparedness Month is an important reminder about each American's civic responsibility to prepare for emergencies," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "Those with the capacity and wherewithal to help themselves must do so in advance, so that in the event of an emergency, responders can first assist those who are unable to tend to themselves. From wildfires and earthquakes in California, to hurricanes and tropical storms along the Gulf Coast, to flooding in the Midwest, recent events remind us more than ever that we must prepare ourselves and our families for a disaster. This is the time, each year, when every American should ask the question, 'Am I ready?'"

    The Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps ( are encouraging individuals across the nation to take important preparedness steps that will greatly improve their ability to survive and recover from all types of emergencies, whether natural or man-made. These steps include getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, becoming informed about the different emergencies that may affect them, and getting involved in community preparedness and response efforts. PREPARE NOW...

    Ways & Places for you to Prepare Now! - Click on a link below to see more...

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  • Wheel of Fortune

    I'd like to buy a vowel!

    Wheel-of-Fortune-2Did you know that on this day the syndicated edition of Wheel of Fortune premiered? The show originally started as a (now-defunct) daytime network program in January 1975, but gained its syndicated sister show in 1983 - and that's the version that still leaves viewers shouting random letters at their televisions today.

    The show's current hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White started their careers on the daytime network version, but joined the syndicated edition at its premiere and have co-hosted the show ever since. Wheel of Fortune is the longest-running syndicated game show in the United States. Makes you wonder how many checks, cars and Hawaiian vacations have been awarded during that time!Wheel-of-Fortune

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