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Medicines and first-aid supplies you ought to have in your house at all times

Below is a list of medicines and basic first aid supplies you should make sure you have in your house at all times in order to be able to meet your basic needs for three days.

First aid

Everyone ought to know how to give basic first aid. Courses and training are available from a number of different providers, and range from complete beginner to refresher. Some employers offer first aid training at the workplace.


A standard first aid kit and ordinary painkillers will cover most needs. However, if you rely on medication or special medical assistive devices, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacy about the possibility of having an extra supply. Remember to check the use-by date, and replace items as they expire.

Iodine tablets

If you are under the age of 40 years, pregnant, breast-feeding or have children living at home, we recommend that you have a supply of iodine tablets at home. Iodine tablets can provide protection against radioactive iodine in the event of a nuclear incident and should only be taken on advice from the authorities.

Read more about iodine tablets on the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority’s website.

Read more about self-preparedness and get advice on how to prepare your own emergency survival kit.

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