In Case of Emergency
If you are in a situation where an emergency arises you should follow these guidelines.
- Remain calm
- ALWAYS make sure it is safe for yourself or others to approach the emergency scene.
- If you are alone, quickly determine the nature of the emergency then call 911 (or your local emergency number). If someone else is around send them to call 911 while you assist the victim.
- Attempt to provide assistance and comfort to the victim. Attempt to gather pertinent information such as what happened.
- If possible send someone to direct the emergency responders to the correct location within the building. At night consider turning all the house lights on or flashing your outside lights as emergency vehicles begin to arrive.
When calling 911 the dispatcher will ask a series of questions including the type of emergency, what happened, how it happened and any other important information. They also require your location, address, name of business or school if applicable, and are there any distinctive landmarks as well as what entrance the emergency responders should use.
What should I do if I am alone?
If you are by yourself and confronted with a true medical emergency DO NOT DELAY YOUR 911 call! It is important to have help moving towards you before providing first response care for the victim. If you have a cordless or cell phone, call 911 while caring for the victim simultaneously.
REMEMBER CALLING 911 IS NOT A GAME! Do not call and hang up.
Preparing for an emergency:
- Keep your address and phone number posted in a visible place near the phone.
- Learn CPR and first aid. You never know when you may need it.
- Make everyone in the family aware of any medical problems that might come up and keep a list of the person´s medications available for EMS. In schools or the workplace, keep a sealed envelope with pertinent information that is easily accessible in an emergency. This information is always kept confidential and only given to other health care providers.
- Have a fully equipped first aid kit at home, at the cottage, in your car and at your place of business