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Responding to Emergencies

Published on: 2/13/2013 4:18 PM
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​It may be a news flash, an explosion from afar, or the ground shaking beneath your own feet.  When it's time to act, your immediate response may have a very large impact on yourself and others.

STAY CALM, BE PATIENT AND PUT YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN INTO ACTION:
 
CHECK FOR INJURIES
  • Give first aid within your capabilities.
  • Get help for seriously injured people.
LISTEN TO RADIO FOR NEWS / INSTRUCTIONS
 
ASSESS THE DAMAGE
  • If you suspect damage, use flashlights.  Do not use matches or electrical switches as the air may contain gas.
  • Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater.  If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside as soon as possible.
  • Shut off any other damaged utilities.  (You will need a professional to turn gas back on.)
  • Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline, and other flammable liquids as quickly as possible.
CONFINE / SECURE PETS
 
CALL YOUR FAMILY CONTACT (Do not use telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.)
 
AVOID FALLEN POWER LINES
 
CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (children, elderly, disabled, medically fragile, animals, etc…).
 
DO NOT SPREAD RUMORS
 
Attributions (American Red Cross)