Yes, I have actually watched the show, “Doomsday Preppers,” mainly because my husband had the remote control. As he napped, I got caught up in the family whose dad made them run drills every so often to be ready for a hostile takeover by persons using biological warfare. Scary thought, huh? While I don’t believe in going as far as most of the preppers on the show do, I think the Boston bombings made me realize it would be a good thing to brush up on my first aid skills and to be prepared as a family in the event of an emergency. We were there two years ago watching my husband and his brother run; those people we saw on the news could have been us!
I realize most people who aren’t in the medical profession aren’t trained in first aid consistently enough to remember how to treat specific types of injuries. So, in the age of our smart phones, there’s an app for that! The American Red Cross app for first aid teaches how to deal with burns, bleeding, broken bones, unconsciousness, etc. One really nice feature is that it has an “Emergency” tab that gives you get step-by-step instructions for different types of situations or injuries that includes a one button dial for 911.
All families need to have a plan for meeting back up if they’re separated at the time of an emergency. The first aid app also addresses this issue, and lists supplies that should be kept on hand for emergencies.
If you are interested in learning more about how to help in an emergency, you can take a class to learn how to become a First Responder. A First Responder is a volunteer who’s been specially trained to know what to do in emergencies or disaster situations. He or she can provide care until more highly trained personnel are able to get to the scene. To find out more about this, you can go to the American Red Cross website, or contact your local government to see if classes are offered.