There are three simple steps of what to do in an emergency:
- Assess the scene for safety and victim
- Alert 911, activate your EAP, and ask others around for help
- Attend to the needs of the victim
As an immediate responder, you know that time is of the essence when attending to an emergency. That’s why it’s important to have a system in place for quickly assessing a situation, alerting the appropriate personnel, and attending to the needs of those affected. This system is often referred to as the Three A’s of Emergency Response—Assess, Alert, Attend.
First and foremost, it’s important to take the time to assess the situation upon arrival. This means taking stock of any potential hazards and assessing the needs of those involved. It also means gathering as much information as possible so that you can develop an effective response plan.
Once the situation has been assessed, it’s time to alert appropriate personnel if necessary. Depending on the severity of the emergency, this could mean calling 911 or contacting trained first responders who may be better equipped to handle the situation.
Finally, once personnel are alerted and on their way, it’s important for immediate responders to attend to those affected as quickly as possible. This could mean providing medical attention or simply offering emotional support and reassurance until help arrives.
By following these simple steps—Assess, Alert, Attend—immediate responders can ensure that they are able to effectively respond to any emergency situation in a timely manner. As always, safety should be your number one priority when responding to an emergency!