You Are the Help Until Help Arrives

As part of America’s PrepreAthon!, FEMA has published a new initiative dedicated to helping the public be prepared to respond, until help arrives, in the event of an emergency. “According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46.” If you are near someone who suffers life threatening injury or emergency, you may be able to save a life by taking a few simple steps immediately.

You Are the Help Until Help Arrives provides a thorough, 30 minute, web-based training program followed by a survey and a printable certificate. For community-level preparedness, you can download the instructor guide, student tools, and in-person training materials. This program teaches individuals to accomplish three things: 1.) State the steps you can take when responding to a life-threatening situation, 2.) List different reactions you may have in a stressful situation, and 3.) Understand the importance of practice and rehearsal to improve your response to a life-threatening situation.

From calling 9-1-1, to stopping bleeding, positioning the injured, and providing comfort, you can make a difference. During the midst of an emergency, preparedness can help remake what it means to be a bystander.

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