Do’s and Dont’s During an Emergency
Typhoons, floods, earthquakes, fires, and many more can disrupt our lives out of the blue. We live in a very volatile world, and oftentimes we forget that we are fragile creatures. We need to be aware that emergency situations will happen eventually, and we can’t stop them.
But we can be prepared if such a situation arises. Situational awareness and preparation is the key to surviving emergencies, and discussed below are some tips to remember in case you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation.
Given that we can’t really prevent emergencies from happening, the next best thing is having the equipment and knowledge to address them should they occur. Wherever you are, be it at home, at daycare, at a hospital, or retirement home or community, there should be an emergency first aid kit available. While a first-aid kit can only get you so far, it should provide some help- especially in cases where someone might get hurt. If you’re lucky, you might find an emergency kit with all the equipment necessary.
As we can’t really make sure if a place has an emergency kit, it’s best to come equipped with basic tools that provide functionality in survival situations. You cannot lug around an emergency box, but you can bring some of the tools. Here are some that you can carry with you every day:
- Battery-powered flashlight
- a whistle
- a mask
- a general-utility cord/ paracord
These items are small and very portable, some even disguise themselves as fashion accessories. Keep some in your bag at all times, you never know when you need it.
What to Do and Not to Do
Beyond having tools that can help you become ready for a disaster, another important thing is to know what to do in certain situations. Equally important is knowing what NOT to do as the last thing you want is making the situation worse. Here’s a quick list of things to keep in mind.
It’s rather obvious advice, but panicking can happen to anyone. Especially in stressful moments where we are required to think quickly, panic can hit anyone. Life and death situations tend to put heavy pressure on people, often resulting in either them making wrong decisions or being stuck in paralysis.
Panicking can cause us to think irrationally, so to come back from panic, find a safe moment to stop and breathe. Be aware of the situation objectively, and refer to experience and knowledge. This will allow you to remember any protocol or safety measures you were taught.
Do Take Note of Safety Exits
Whenever you enter a building, one of the first things you should consciously try to look for is the fire exit. Some buildings would have a fire exit map farmed near the restroom, some have it every few rooms or so. Regardless, whenever you enter, make it a habit to take note of where the fire exit is. This can mean life or death in an emergency situation, as being confused can only add to the gravity of the situation.
Additionally, it’s a good practice to familiarize yourself with the location and layout of your school or office building. In places that you frequent, knowing the exits and safety points will come in handy. This can mean the difference between saving yours and someone else’s lives or succumbing to the situation.
Don’t Use the Elevators
It can be tempting to just use the elevator to evacuate, especially if you’re on the higher floors of a building. But in any situation, do not use the elevator. Even if the situation has calmed down, or it seems like the coast is clear, use the stairs instead.
An elevator has many moving parts that can be damaged the external elements, such as fire, flood, or earthquake. This makes them prone to breaking, and during an emergency situation, expect that some people will force the use of an elevator. This leads to multiple problems as you don’t want to put extra weight on a fragile elevator.
Follow the Instructions
In the event that rescuers and professionals have arrived, it’s imperative to follow whatever instruction they give. They come equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to face the calamity, and insisting on returning can only jeopardize ourselves and the others.
Following instructions is the best course for everyone involved in an emergency situation as going out of the line is dangerous. You might be tempted to go back inside a precarious building to get some possession but always remember that no item can replace a life.
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