When an emergency occurs, you want to be prepared as best you can be – this is what we’re always saying here at Mom Prepares – but, although having food, water, batteries, and other essentials on hand is important, it’s not all you should have. You also need a working knowledge of the safety skills you will need during an emergency.
If someone’s hurt, will you be able to care for them? A major area of concern when considering what skills need to be known BEFORE a crisis situation occurs is first aid for health-related emergencies. Take CPR, for example, both for adults and for children. An emergency where someone stops breathing, or a heart stops beating, is something you don’t ever want to face – but if you are faced with it, you must have the knowledge of how to perform CPR firmly under your belt, so to speak. The local Red Cross is a great source for CPR classes, as well as other first aid skills useful in emergencies.
References For the Unskilled
There are many situations when you probably can’t learn everything there is to know. How many people have time to learn how to set a broken bone themselves, learn all the herbal substitutions for pharmaceutical drugs, or how to manage an emergency head injury when getting to a proper medical facility is out of the question? Not many. But you can do the next best thing, and have medical references, like a Merck Manual, on hand. A Merck, or other books on how to manage an injured person, could mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. A trip to your local bookstore can help you find books like the Merck Manual and other emergency medical how-to books. Don’t ignore the Internet as a source to download and print this information, but don’t count on the Internet being accessible during an emergency – be sure to have hard copies of any and all information you will be dependent upon during a time of crisis when doctors are out of reach.
How To Use Safety Supplies
Often we buy items we will need during a difficult time, and store them away, not really thinking of them any more, secure in the knowledge that we have them for “when” we will need them. Don’t wait until it is time to actually pull the safety items out, assemble them, and use them – practice now, so you will know how to use your emergency safety items when the need arises. A fire in the kitchen is not the time to learn how to use a fire extinguisher, for example. Reading how-to instructions and knowing how to use emergency prep items when you first get them can save you time and heartache in the future, as well as embedding the information firmly in your mind.
Prepare with Emergency Safety Skills
Don’t wait to familiarize yourself with equipment, medical first aid information and other safety skills – it can be a costly mistake in regards to health and survival for your loved ones. Think about what you and your family might encounter in different disaster scenarios, and try to get the skills necessary to meet the challenging circumstances these possibilities could present. You must learn these important safety skills before emergencies strike, in order to use them with ease and precision.