There are many actions that preppers can take to assist firefighters, police officers, or Emergency Medical Technicians in their efforts to bring help quickly to victims. This article will discuss actions that preppers can take before and even during an emergency.
It is critically important to answer clearly all of the questions that the 911 operator asks. Doing so can mean the difference between life and death.
Those who are coming to help will get to their destination house more quickly if they do not encounter problems. The house they are seeking, for example, should be clearly identified with large address numbers that are reflective or well-lit by night and that are not obscured by overgrown vegetation. Also, any snow should have been removed already from the driveway and sidewalk. In addition, those who live in an apartment or condominium should alert the person on duty at the front desk. If possible, someone should be outside of the home to guide the helpers into the home. If the person in crisis is home alone, he or she should make sure that their house door is unlocked so that, in case they lose consciousness, the helpers will not lose time by having to break into the house. Any protective dogs must be locked in a room by themselves or must be taken elsewhere.
If the emergency is medical in nature, the person in crisis should, if possible, have his or her medical information files close to them and visible. Examples of such medical information files might include medical conditions, prescriptions, physicians, and advanced directives. This information can be conveniently available online if the person in crisis is wearing medical-alert jewelry.
If the person in crisis is not alone, the helper can accomplish much to facilitate the effectiveness of the emergency medical technicians. This helper can make sure that there is a clear path between the doorway and the place where the victim is located. This helper also can clear away space around the victim so that the emergency medical technicians will have more space with which to do their jobs. Moreover, if the person in crisis is a possible victim of poisoning, the helper can gather up, for medical analysis, any suspected poisonous agents or vomit. In addition, this helper also can gather the victim’s important personal effects such as medical insurance cards and house keys, so that these personal effects will be with the victim when he or she reaches the hospital.
During an emergency, people often do not think clearly. Making many of these preparations in advance and knowing what to do during an emergency will improve the chances that an emergency will have the best possible outcome.