How To React Quickly in an Emergency Situation

How To React Quickly in an Emergency Situation
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    Everyone remembers the emergencies they experience in life since they usually leave a deep imprint from the stress and shock.

    In emergencies, bystanders must take fast and decisive action to secure the safety and life of those around them, especially in medical emergencies.


Whether you experience a crisis in your dorm, classroom, or cafeteria, here is how to react quickly in an emergency situation.

Keep Calm and Focus

The most important thing to do is steady yourself. Keep calm, cool, collected, and focused so you can address the emergency head-on. You may feel that these are just empty words in a stressful context. So, focus on the actions you can take to achieve calm.

Practice deep breathing and allow yourself a moment to collect your thoughts. Hasty decision-making can leave out important information and worsen the situation.

This doesn’t mean you should refrain from acting, rather, take a few seconds to process everything. Rushed help can become harmful help.

Alert the Authorities

Almost every emergency requires the authorities for proper care and closure. Medics and firemen address the most immediate needs while policemen take incident reports and provide support.

Regardless of the nature of the emergency, if people’s lives are on the line, alert the authorities immediately. Only they have the fullest training and protocols to handle the problems at hand.

If you are the sole person around to act, call for help first before administering care. Dispatchers can coach you through basic lifesaving actions and coordinate a rapid response.

If there is no help coming, you drastically decrease the injured person’s chance of survival. When a life hangs in the balance, do not trust yourself with the entire situation. If you or someone nearby has the chance, contact your Resident Assistant, Public Safety Office, and other emergency leadership for additional aid.


Administer Appropriate Care

If an emergency happens on your campus, there are likely several buildings nearby with emergency equipment such as first aid kits and AEDs. You should only utilize these tools when appropriate, so learn when and how to use an AED device—the right care is the appropriate care.

For example, you shouldn’t use an AED device if the person is laying in water.

Administering care is no simple task and you should only perform medical tasks you have certification to provide. If something goes sideways, the injured person could hold you liable for harming them more than they were initially.

For example, if you know CPR, then, by all means, begin compressions and resuscitations. But if you can’t make a suture, don’t try to give the injured person stitches.

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Know how to react quickly in an emergency situation so you can save a life instead of worsening a problem. Preparedness is the antidote to poorly handled situations. With the right tools and skills, you can truly be the difference between life and death for a fellow student, professor, staff member, or guest.

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