December Do 1 Thing
An emergency can happen at any time and any place. Many public places have a first aid kit, oxygen, or an AED (automated external defibrillator) to treat people. These items can only save lives if someone knows how to use them. Actions you take in the first few minutes after an injury or other medical incident may save someone's life.
Call 911 instead of trying to take an injured or ill person to the hospital yourself. It seems like waiting for an ambulance will make it take longer to get help, but ambulance crews can start providing care as soon as they arrive. They can get the patient to hospital quickly, legally, and more safely.
October Do 1 Thing
Considering the extremes of weather of late....this seems appropriate. It is best when planning for weather emergencies to consider worst case scenarios.
We count on electricity for gas for transportaton, heat, food, and medical needs. Many gas appliances even need electricity to run.
A power outage is an emergency that often follows another emergency-like a hurricane, tornado, or winter/ice storms. That makes it even more important to be prepared in advance. Have flashlights/batteries (safer than candles) or better try to find and purchase a crank lantern-the LED lights are very bright.
If considering getting a generator, learn the safety measures so as not to put you
and your family at risk for carbon monoxide fumes.
School is starting and here is a Do1Thing activity for your family- Do you have a communications plan? Two simple things you can do right away. Children now go to school with cell phones- Are they set up with an ICE contact? See below:
1. If you are hurt and can't talk, first responders and hospital staff may not know how to contact your family right away. If you have a cell phone, you can provide the phone numbers for your emergency contacts to first responders and hospital staff.1. Create a new contact in your cell phone's phone book.
3. Enter all phone numbers for the person you would like to have notified in a medical emergency. 2. Name the contact ICE.
2. Develop a plan so you can stay in touch with your family in a disaster. Include phone numbers for all family members and those who can give you extra help, such as caregivers. Also include all work, school, and daycare phone numbers, if applicable. A wallet-size form you can use to write down this information can be found at www.ready.gov. Be sure each family member has a copy of your communication plan. Post the communication plan by a phone in your home, and include it in your go bag as well.
Do 1 Thing for
Infants and young children
When you are in a hurry, it is easy to overlook small and important items. Common items like diapers and pet food might not be easy to find right after a disaster. Trying new brands of food or formula, or not having a comfort item, can make disasters more stressful for both children and pets.
Wachusett Medical-Reserve Corps recommends having a 48 hour kit with these special needs items pre-packed especially for elderly parents, folks with
disabilities or infants/children. We offer a presentation for these special groups. For more information about the program
May Do 1 Thing
Work, School and Community : Make sure emergency procedures are in place for your workplace or school.
Talk to your employer about emergency plans for the building where you work. Think about other places that you and family members regularly spend time, like your child's school. Talk to administrators at those places about their emergency plans as well.
Ways to be safe at work and school:
Do 1 Thing - For April - Put aside a 3 day supply of food items.Follow the BUS rule to help you. BUS stands for balance, usability, and shelf-life.
GOAL FOR APRIL: Have an emergency food supply that will meet the needs of your
household for three days without outside help.
For March-Sheltering Please feel free to share
Identify the best storm shelter in your
home and practice getting to the shelter with your family.
In an emergency like a chemical spill, you may be told to "shelter in place". This means to make the place where you are a safe place to stay until the danger has passed. Shelter in place orders are given when it would be dangerous for you to go outside. Notification-Warning sirens may be used to warn people that it is not safe to be outside. Emergency responders may go door to door in the affected area. They may also use loudspeakers from police or fire vehicles to give instructions. Information will also be given over television and radio using the Emergency Alert System.
What to do in a hazardous materials incident-The first thing to do when a chemical spill or similar event occurs is to get information. Turn on the television or radio to find out if your area is affected and what steps to take. Never call 911 to get information about an emergency. Only call 911 if you are injured or need assistance.
If you are told to shelter in place you should close all doors and windows and shut off fans and air conditioners. Take your family to a room with as few doors and windows as possible. You may be told to put towels or tape around the cracks of the windows and doors. Follow emergency instructions carefully. Make sure you take a battery-powered radio with you so that you will know when the danger has passed. Power in your area may be shut off during the incident.
In case of evacuation a shelter will provide
Do 1 Thing Goal for February: Have 72 hours (3 days) worth of water stored for your household.
* Bottle a 72-hour supply of water at home.
A good idea is
to check your supplies for expiration dates or needs to resupply every 6 months -January 1 and July 4 are easy dates to remember.
Do 1 Thing: Build a Kit
Small steps toward being prepared for an Emergency
Hurricanes, Blizzards, Ice Storms! New England residents are pretty resilient against some difficult weather scenarios, but any emergency, weather related or other, is easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
An easy way to gather items to store away in a chosen space in your home is to Do 1 Thing a month. This month think about what you and your family would need in an emergency or weather event and put together enough supplies for 72 hours. Officials are stressing the importance of such supplies set aside as part of a family's overall disaster plan for shelter in place. Do you need to buy a kit? No, as many of the items are already in your home like a flashlight, and other items can be purchased in such stores as Dollar Tree, Walmart or Target.
But what if you need to quickly leave your home because of a fire or a medical emergency? Then it is also recommended to have a Go Bag ready for each member of the family with items specific to that member’s needs and don’t forget to create a Go Bag for the family pet too. Go Bags can be used for trips from going to the zoo to heading on a trip. Suggested items are first aid supplies, crank or battery operated flashlights, crank or battery operated radio, lightweight blankets, personal items such as toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, glasses, batteries for hearing aides, whistle and cards that say Need Help, change of clothing, baby supplies, nonperishable snacks and small games, coloring books etc.
Want to know more? Explore www.Ready.gov for ideas and activities for seniors, families and children or www.do1thing.com for more choices of things to do each month.
Wachusett Medical Reserve Corps
Wachusett MRC is part of a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities.