For the average citizen, emergency medical equipment can be useless in the event of an accident or disaster unless you they know how to use them properly. If one truly wants to be ready, one needs the knowledge and skills required to use the EMT equipment. Unfortunately, the average person doesn’t have access to the detailed training of EMT professionals, so they must do their own research to find qualified instructions or get certified training.
First aid training is always a good idea. Anyone who has faced a disaster knows that you need to act quickly—every second counts. You can’t act effectively unless you know what you’re doing. And if you don’t know what you’re doing you could panic, which, at best, won’t help anyone.
To be ready in case of a disaster, I believe that people should enroll in a first aid training course and do independent research through qualified training books available online and at bookstores. There are also many qualified video tutorials online that provide a great learning base for proper first aid techniques. It goes without saying, however, that one needs to make sure that their sources are legitimate & professional as improper first aid techniques can be harmful.
Here is a helpful video about how to splint an ankle or wrist.
Also, see our post on Hands Only CPR.