When an actual emergency happens during your daily routine, it disrupts your normal train of thought. The first thing that comes to mind is that this is not real and who ever is involved is just joking. The next thing that comes to mind is the alert thought that says this is for real and what do we do? At this point a rush of thoughts and feelings come to the surface and if you do not have control then your reaction starts as a panic.
There are many ways to prevent a mental panic. We will like to help you become prepared for any kind of emergency. Here are some steps you can take.
Being Prepared For Emergencies
The Boy Scout Moto is “Be Prepared”. Emergencies are not predicted and they happen when you least expect them to happen. Being prepared for almost anything is key to not panicking during emergencies. The first step in being prepared is education and training. The more you know the better chance you have in knowing what to do in any disaster. The next thing in being prepared is to have all the equipment you need for most emergencies. For example having clinical gloves, CPR mask and a face shield usually is all you need in most medical emergencies.
What types of Emergencies are there?
There are many types of emergencies you can encounter. According to ACLS network they claim that most emergencies are dealt with from personal health, such as sudden cardiac arrest or stroke. Any person who has shortness of breath, is unconscious, altered mental status, or is in severe pain can be a medical emergency. You need to act quickly and gather as much information as possible for the paramedics who come later.
There are other emergencies that are not medical, such as earthquakes, typhoons, or tornado. These emergencies are from nature and can cause injury to person or leave you stranded with little to no supplies. These emergencies you need to have knowledge of your geographic location and know your surroundings to become prepared.
Emergency Action Plan
As we mentioned before being prepared is essential, and one easy way to be prepared is to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). EAP is a procedural program to have around for when you encounter an emergency or disaster. Having an EAP lets every person in your group to know what they need to do when an emergency happens. This plan lets you know who to contact in a medical emergency and where the medical kits are located including the automated external defibrillator AED. The EAP shows where to exit the building during a fire, or where to go in any kind of disaster. Your EAP could show where all disaster supplies are located.
Training is essential for any emergency preparation. The more you practice, the better you can utilize your knowledge. Most people think that more you stock up and save the better you will be in an emergency. The truth is that when any disaster happens what you know is going to increase your survivability better. Taking a basic CPR/AED class is a start in any emergency training. You need to always look into more knowledge. Taking a First Aid class and then advance first aid will always prepare you for medical emergencies. For natural disasters or civil unrest wilderness, first aid training is great to have in knowing how to save lives. The Beating Heart Center can prepare you with the knowledge needed to save the lives you love the most.