With all of the recent news about hurricanes and flooding, have you wondered how you would be able to help in a natural disaster? Emergency responders aren't always nearby and you may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately.
FEMA provides an overview that can be used for your own education, as well as your community. The highlights are:
You Make a Difference - by acting quickly and purposefully, you can save lives.
Call 9-1-1 - operators are highly trained and will help you assess the situation, take appropriate action and be as safe as possible.
Stay Safe - use all your available senses like sight, hearing and smells to use your best judgement to determine your course of action.
Stop the Bleeding - identify the source of bleeding, finding something to put between the blood and your hands, and applying firm, steady pressure until EMS arrives.
Position the Injured - if a person is conscious and breathing, allow them to position themselves, but if unconscious, learn the proper positioning techniques.
Provide Comfort - use simple words to comfort and engage with the injured and provide practical assistance.
Learn more about how you can help your community in times of emergency at ready.gov/until-help-arrives.