What Not To Do In A Disaster.
In emergency situations, it is important to respond quickly. A clear emergency action plan is a good way to streamline your responses. If you break down your plan into steps, you’ll be sure to know exactly what to do. For example, your family might draw up an emergency action plan in case of a house fire. First, each family member would find the safest route out of the house. Next, everyone would gather at a certain point, a good distance from the house. In many emergency cases, the best thing you can do is to stay calm and collected. Heightened emotions tend to hamper your critical thinking skills and your ability to think quickly. In addition to staying “cool under pressure,” several concrete skills can make the difference in life-and-death situations. For example, any adult and even older children should be able to apply pressure to a wound, administer CPR, check for signs of obstructed breathing and perform a few other basic measures. Just knowing what to do is often the hardest part. In addition, though, it’s a good idea to put together a first aid kit, so you’ll have any item you need on hand. Depending on the circumstances, the kit may include bandages, clean water, an antiseptic, and other critical supplies. A first aid kit for your car might include a blanket, while a home first aid kit may include more medical supplies.
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