Our life is unpredictable. Anything can happen to anyone at any time. Emergencies happen when you least expect them. However, when an emergency strikes, one must try to remain as calm as they can. This is the key to thinking straight and surviving the emergency. In addition to surviving it yourself, you may also be able to help others too.

While it is not easy when one is hit by a sudden emergency, it is important to keep the following things in mind when responding to emergencies.

1.      Don’t Panic

As mentioned before, you must keep your calm in an emergency situation if you want to get out of it. We know it is not easy to stay calm in such situations; however, it is the key to survival. If you keep panicking and stressing out, you will not be able to think of any ways to help yourself and others. Therefore, try to remain calm and think about what you can do to get out of this emergency.

2.      Your Safety Comes First

If you want to help someone, make sure that you are safe first. Helping yourself is the first and foremost rule of handling emergencies. Don’t go and help others before you have helped yourself. Also, make sure that it is safe to go and help others. Don’t assist victims if you are in danger yourself. For example, if bullets are being fired or a building is on fire, etc.

3.      Remember the Basics of Life Support

It is important to keep the airways of the victim open and maintained. Restore their breathing. If you see that they are not breathing, start with rescue breathing techniques immediately. Check for their pulse. If you don’t feel any, call for local emergency help immediately. You may also call 911.

Learning to perform CPR is important when responding to emergencies. Only a person who has a certification and training in performing CPR can do it effectively. Therefore, make sure that you learn CPR techniques to help others during an emergency.

4.      Check for Bleeding

Are you bleeding? If yes, then take a clean cloth and apply pressure to the wound. You can do the same for other victims who are bleeding too. But again, make sure you help yourself first before you try to help others.

5.      Call 911

It is important to remember the local numbers that you should call in case of an emergency. Save these numbers in your cellphone so that you can call them immediately in case of an emergency. This can help save your life, as well as the life of others.

These were some basic things to keep in mind when responding to emergencies. It is important to learn the basics of first aid so that you are able to respond to emergencies efficiently.