November 2015

  1. Categories: Disaster, Survival, and Preparedness

    Emergency Grab and Go Kits

    Emergency Grab and Go Kits are a critical part of preparedness... often called "Dodge Bags" (as in get out of Dodge) "Bug Out Bags" (or simply BOB / B.O.B.) these "Go Bags" are essential to quick evacuation in an emergency and safe survival for the ensuing 24 hours. An Emergency Grab and Go Kit contains life essential gear pre-packed (usually in...
  2. Categories: First Aid

    Shock First Aid Treatment

    Call 9-1-1 or EMS immediately. One of the most important treatments for shock is keeping the casualty as calm and comfortable as possible. Control the cause of the shock; such as controlling severe bleeding, if possible. If a spinal, neck, or head trauma is not suspected, keep the airway open with the head tilt-chin lift method. If the casualty vomits...
  3. Categories: First Aid

    What is Shock?

    What is Shock? Hypoperfusion (shock) is inadequate body tissue perfusion, resulting inadequate supply of oxygen and nutrients to the body tissues ~ Shock is a life-threatening condition and requires immediate treatment and attention. ~ Shock is characterized by pale, cold, clammy skin, shivering or chills, confusion, anxiety, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and/or a weak pulse with shallow, rapid breathing. ~ Shock usually...
  4. Categories: First Aid

    Treatment of a Fractured Bone

    If the fracture is severe and the bone is protruding from the skin, call 9-1-1 or EMS immediately and wait for Emergency Medical Personnel to arrive. Do not move the casualty unless they are in immediate danger. If he/she has to be moved, apply a splint before moving the casualty. Leave the fractured limb in the position in which you...
  5. Categories: First Aid

    How to Detect a Bone Fracture

    A fracture is a break or chip in the bone. A fracture should be suspected if the body part does not have a normal appearance or function. A fracture is usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and discoloration of the injured area. The main objective of first aid treatment for broken bones is to prevent further injury. There are two main...
  6. Categories: First Aid & Burn Care First Aid

    General Burn First Aid Information

    Burns can result from heat (thermal burn), electricity, or exposure to chemicals. The majority of burns should be seen by a doctor. Some first-degree burns, such as mild sun burn, can be treated without doctor care. Never apply home remedies such as butter or baking soda to a burn. Many ointments and home remedies applied topically actually trap the heat...
  7. Categories: Disaster, Survival, and Preparedness

    Mitigation-Preparedness-Response-Recovery

    The Emergency Management Cycle... What is it? The first national movements toward preparedness began during World War II - not when we entered the war, but actually beforehand. There was great fear of attack upon our homeland, with the greatest concern being the California & Oregon Coasts, and the Eastern Seaboard (although as it turned out, Germany was trying to...

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