Improved First Aid Kit – IFAK Checklist

IFAK Opened Up

Does your first aid kit have the capability to handle major bleeding?  Most do not.  Improve the capability of your first aid kit by upgrading it to an IFAK with our free, easy to use checklist.

What Is an IFAK?

Most personal first aid kits focus on care of minor injury or illness but do not include the supplies necessary to handle major bleeding.  The Improved First Aid Kit or (IFAK) increases the capability of a personal first aid kit by adding the items necessary for field management and control of major bleeding.

Why is this important?  Most may think of combat gunshot wounds or an active shooter situation as when they are needed.  While true, and an IFAK did grow out of the military and combat medicine, this is not where the highest risk lies for the civilian world.

IFAK Small Example ImageSo where can an IFAK help us?

  • Severe injury during a motor vehicle accident
  • Major laceration from a knife in the kitchen
  • Accidental injury from a power tool
  • Accidental discharge at the gun range
  • Injury from farm equipment of industrial machinery
  • A fall in the wilderness resulting a severe laceration.
  • Any accident that can include the laceration of a major artery (primarily in the arms or legs)

All of these have a higher likelihood of occurrence to the average citizen than injury during a tactical engagement.  And the proper use of an IFAK during these home emergencies can save you or a loved one’s life.

The IFAK Checklist

Our free checklist below will help you build your IFAK so you are prepared with the tools needed to care for a loved one during a life-threatening bleeding emergency.

Download Checklist Here:

Improved First Aid Kit (IFAK) Checklist
Technical Note: In order to open the documents once they are downloaded, you will need a PDF document reader such as Adobe Reader on your computer or mobile device.

You Have the Tools, Now Get Trained!

IFAK with MOLLE VestUse the checklist to arm yourself with the tools, but don’t stop there.  Get proper training on how to use  the tools in the kit.  Your tools are useless if you don’t know how to use them.  Proper training on tourniquet application, wound packing, direct pressure, and bandaging are imperative.

In these situations, seconds count.   You only have a few minutes to get the major bleeding under control before potential death due to blood loss.  And realistically, without training and the medical supplies in an IFAK, you may run out of time before emergency medical help arrives.

Build your toolkit and train on how to use it.


Note: The information provided in this article is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist In Action

Hurricanes can form in a matter of hours and don’t always provide much warning.  Grocery store shelves quickly become bare.  Lumber, tools, and generator supplies in the region are soon depleted.  The more preparation you can complete during the season before a storm forms, the less you will have to scramble when one threatens.

When landfall is imminent, a large number of actions and decisions have to be taken in a very short period of time.  Overlooking an item can have major impacts on your family.  Are you planning to stay or evacuate? Do you have the supplies to board up your home?  What do you plan to do if the power goes out?

Help avoid a missed step and use our Hurricane Preparedness Checklist to prepare both during the season and when impact is imminent and the seconds count.

The Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Our Hurricane Preparedness Checklist is provides a list of actions to prepare your family and residence for the impacts associated with hurricanes and tropical storms.

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Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist Image Sample

Technical Note: In order to open the documents once they are downloaded, you will need a PDF document reader such as Adobe Reader on your computer or mobile device.

Don’t Forget Your Supplies

In addition to this checklist which focuses on actions, use our Home Emergency Supply Checklist to ensure you have the minimal set of supplies to be self-sustainable for a hurricane, tropical storm, or other disaster.  Take it with you to the store when preparing your home before landfall or when you purchase online because your local stores are out of stock.  It will help to ensure you get all the essentials for riding out the storm or coming back to deal with recovery.

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Home Emergency Supply Kit Checklist

Home Emergency Supply Kit Checklist in Action

Whether it is a flood, hurricane, winter storm, or natural gas leak, a large number of natural and human caused incidents can cut off our access to grocery stores and impact local infrastructure.  Unless you live on a farm, the just-in-time society we live in causes incidents like these to sever our link to our primary food supply, power sources, and clean water.

Let’s face it, you and your neighbors are on your own for the first few days when a disaster cuts you off from the rest of the world.  Help from first responders is initially limited to life safety measures, not providing commodities to the population at large.

At Talon Survival we believe it is imperative for every family to have enough supplies to be self-sufficient for a period of at least 7 days.  The longer the better (we will discuss this in other articles), but 7 days should be the absolute minimum.  Your Home Emergency Supply Kit or “HES Kit” is a list of supplies you have around your home (not necessarily in one location) which you can quickly locate to support you and your family when disaster strikes.

System Snapshot

Persons: Family
Age: All
Time Period: 7 Days Minimum
Climate: All

The ChecklistHome Emergency Supply Kit Sample Image

Our Home Emergency Supply Kit Checklist below provides a list of the minimum set of supplies you should consider having on hand to sustain your family during emergencies that cut you off from your local resources.  Although our checklist is climate agnostic, we recommend you add or swap items to adapt to the needs of your family, home, and local weather.  We have even included an additional items section to allow the write in of additional articles.

Within the checklist we have included links to items which we use and recommend here at Talon Survival (found in blue text).  We do make a small commission off of the items, but at no additional cost to you.  If you do choose to purchase any of the recommended items online, please use our links, as it helps us to provide you with additional checklists and content.

Download Checklist Here:

Home Emergency Supply Kit Checklist

Technical Note: In order to open the documents once they are downloaded, you will need a PDF document reader such as Adobe Reader on your computer or mobile device.

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