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How To Deal With Emergencies

In case of a serious or life-threatening emergency requiring local fire, police or emergency medical services:

! Call 911 (toll-free at a pay phone)

Examples of life-threatening emergencies are:

Breathing difficulty/shortness of breath
Gunshot wounds

Vomiting Blood
Physical Entrapment

! If the emergency is NOT life-threatening, do not call 911 - instead, drive or call a taxi. A private ambulance can cost $500 or more.

! In case of a possible spinal injury, do NOT move the victim. Call 911 and wait for help to arrive. The 911 dispatcher may ask you to administer CPR or the Heimlich Maneuver in cases of stopped breathing or choking.

Speak clearly and calmly to the 911 operator. You will be asked to give your name and location, plus information about the nature of the emergency, like whether the victim is conscious and breathing.

If you cannot speak English, call 911 and say, "I cannot speak English", then leave the phone line open. The operator will be able to pinpoint your location through tracing your line.

How to Administer First Aid For:

Stopped Breathing
Gunshot Wound
Skin Wounds
Bone Injury
Head Injury
Spinal Injury

Heart Attack
Bee stings
Strokes and seizures

>> Five Common Emergencies: What to Do

>> Good primer on 911: http://www.sosnet.com/safety/fire.safety/using.911.html


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