In the event of an EARTHQUAKE or other large disaster, you might be on your own for 72 hours!
In an earthquake or other major disaster, some people may be injured. Are you first-aid ready? Many people are unaware that they might be on their own for 72 hours or more after a major earthquake. You might have to depend on yourself to treat injured family members, friends and coworkers, since outside assistance, including 9-1-1 service, might be over-taxed and not immediately available. If you don’t have a first-aid kit, now is the time to assemble one. If you don’t know how to administer first aid or CPR, enroll in a class today. The Santee Fire Department offers CPR classes. Call (619) 258-4100, ext. 207, to find out the next class date or be put on the list.
Earthquakes can cause a number of injuries. The most common injuries and effects include:
- Broken bones
- Cuts from flying/broken glass
- Stopped breathing
After a major earthquake or another emergency, immediate medical assistance, including 9-1-1, might not be available. You might have to treat family members, friends and coworkers who suffer broken bones, cuts and other injuries. Take time now to learn first aid and CPR. CPR courses are available through the City. First-aid courses for adults and children are also available through organizations such as local chapters of the American Red Cross, hospitals and community centers.
Make sure you have everything you need to treat injuries that might occur during an earthquake or another emergency. Assemble and store an emergency first-aid kit that includes:
Keep this kit with your other emergency supplies.