Planning for Unknown Situations Can Add Security
By Tom Herrin
Just about all people have some kind of fears. Regardless of what other things they may have problems with, most fear the unknown. When people do not know what to expect, they have a certain amount of dread and uneasiness. Whether it is public speaking, meeting new people, starting a new job or school, or any of many others to choose from, the fear is real, and it can hit home hard. Some people are almost totally unable to function due to the fear and insecurity. This same thing can happen when people are faced with emergency situations. Lack of preparation can allow people to make bad decisions that may, in some cases, be life-threatening. Thinking ahead can assure a successful plan.
Know The Reliable Sources of Help
Many people panic in times of impending disasters. Giving little or no thought to what source of information they will use can be a critical mistake. In weather emergencies, weather radios can be a great resource. They will give updates as to the conditions and warnings in each area. Knowing what each of the different alerts means is important. Getting in a car in a flash flood can mean life or death. It is generally stated that many deaths in floods occur in cars.
Have A Good Communication System
Even in this day of just about everyone having some kind of communication device, people still need to have a plan of how they will communicate with each other. If a cell tower is down, planning can help avoid panic. Everyone should know a wide range of contact numbers. They should also know how to use a landline. As always, children should be well versed in just who they can go to for help if they cannot reach a family member.
First Aid Should Be Taught And Reviewed Regularly
Every family member should know some basic first aid. Just knowing what situations require emergency services and which may be treated with simple first aid, can be valuable information to everyone. First aid supplies should be kept in an easily accessed area and well marked. Regular review of what to do and how to use the different supplies can save valuable time in a real emergency. In making good plans, we should never assume people know what to do. When we have planned, we all will feel a greater confidence and be able to make wise decisions in critical situations, thus providing a better sense of security.
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