After traumatic and emotional events, people want to know what to do, and preparing yourself and your family for future emergencies can help bring peace of mind. The events in Las Vegas also emphasize the importance of knowing what to do when an emergency occurs. Even as first responders rushed in to help, much of the initial care to the injured was provided by people nearby.
Whether the emergency is community-wide and involves numerous injuries, or involves a single individual being hurt at home, it is vital that someone close by knows what to do when such an emergency occurs. Register for a Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED course at redcross.org so that you can be better prepared to help in future emergencies. Download the free Red Cross First Aid App that puts free and simple lifesaving information in the hands of smartphone and tablet users.
This is a difficult time for everyone affected and it’s important for people to connect with and support each other. The Red Cross offers the following tips to help people during this time:
• Events like this can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety since no one knows for sure what will happen next. Remember that it’s okay to feel nervous.
• Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration and anxiety.
• Spend more time with family and friends, and offer your support. Hug one another and listen.
• Stay informed but limit media exposure of the events, especially for children. Children are especially vulnerable to stress reactions related to media.
• Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety. Talk with them in ways that they can easily understand. Let them guide the conversation; share age-appropriate information with them.
• Watch for signs of stress in your family, friends and children. Get help from others if needed.
• Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
• For free 24/7 crisis counseling, contact the SAMSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs to 66746.