While those who’ve traveled around the world can confidently tell you how much of a privilege it is to be born in America, it doesn’t mean we’re invulnerable. Emergency situations can happen at any minute of any day. Some are within our control and others we simply need to ride out. However, the actions you take during those times could very well mean the difference between life and death.
When thinking about emergency situations, it’s easy to think it’ll never happen to us, or if it does, someone else will handle it. However, that type of thinking will threaten your survival should you find yourself in an adverse scenario. Instead, educate yourself so you can keep things as much in your control as possible.
Follow along for some common emergency situations as well as potential threats and how to deal with them:
- Car Accident
In the event of a car accident, you or others involved may be dealing with serious injuries. Calling 911 is the first and most important step. Then, you need to assess the scene (assuming you’re able).
If you or others are at risk of further injury or death (heavy traffic, car on fire, etc.), you must get people out of harm’s way. Then, start collecting evidence and information at the scene, which may be beneficial for police, insurance, and attorneys.
- Large Scale Disaster
While it’s not common, a large scale disaster could happen. An EMP attack could wipe out all electronics in the affected area. A bombing could cause mass chaos. A hurricane could destroy an entire city.
Your best bet is to plan for such a disaster or terrorist threat and prepare yourself and your family. This includes prepping food, supplies, and water and getting the best survival kit you can. It may sound outlandish, but your family must know how to survive large scale emergency situations.
Every year, there are over 355,000 home fires in the United States. All it takes is a neglected heater left too close to combustible material or a faulty electrical appliance. However, house fires can get out of control very quickly, leaving you very little time to react.
If the fire is small, try to extinguish it. However, for large or rapidly spreading fires, your priority is to get you and your family out and safe. Leave all possessions behind and call 911.
- Power Outage
While it may not seem like an emergency, a long-term power outage could potentially be life-threatening. For example, in extremely cold temperatures, a power outage could make your house unlivable. In these scenarios, it’s best to have a backup plan. This can include an emergency generator or a different option for refuge while you wait out the power outage.
Don’t risk staying in your home if doing so threatens you or your family’s well-being.
- Medical Emergencies
Finally, emergency situations often present themselves in the form of medical emergencies. This could include anything from someone choking, having a heart attack, or falling on the ice.
The first thing you should always do is call 911, get professionals there as quickly as possible. It would also help to take some basic first aid classes to know how to help people in common medical situations.
Are You Prepared?
Handling yourself in emergency situations mostly comes down to being prepared for them. While it’s unrealistic to prepare for every situation under the sun, there are basic survival, medical, and preparedness courses you can take to give yourself the upper hand.
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