Here's how residents can rise to the challenge, before, during, and after an emergency.
Before an Emergency
Take a public course to learn how to perform first-aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, and how to Stop-the-Bleed!
Have a first aid kit, both in your vehicle and at home.
Providing aid to someone in need prior to our arrival could be the difference between life or death.
Have a plan for large community effecting events.
Large scale events such as earthquakes, flood,s or human made events will spread the local resources thin. Have a plan for you and your family to meet in a central location to better provide care for each other.
During an Emergency
Take a breath before calling 911.
Calling 911 for the first time can be nerve wracking, especially during an emergency. Talking with the 911 dispatcher in a calm manner will allow them to do their job more efficiently and get the right resources to you sooner. Remember, even if the dispatcher is on the phone with you, resources are already on their way.
Know where you are (nearest cross street or significant landmark).
Finding somebody after they call 911 can be time consuming, especially in our area where we have plenty of recreation area to enjoy. While in town, keep track of street signs. When out in the local recreation areas, know what trail you are on and where you started from.
After an Emergency
For both small and large events, check with police or fire department before leaving, especially if you have rendered aid. Ask important questions and know that you did the right thing!