Experts share tips on how to help in an emergency before help arrives

WCPOPublished: September 13, 2017
Published: September 13, 2017

Two major hurricanes within weeks caused a number of good Samaritans to jump into action. That's exactly what emergency responders need. A series of instruction videos from the Federal Emergency Management Agency shares the message: "You are the help until help arrives." Click here to watch the videos. "If we have a prepared citizenry, they're better off for their neighbor and also better off for the emergency responders that have to take care of folks that have circumstances beyond their control," Burlington Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Barlow said. The FEMA program teaches five things anybody can do in an emergency: Call 911 Protect the person from more harm Position the person so they can breathe Provide comfort Stop bleeding, which could save someone's life While regular people may not have lots of supplies on hand, a simple emergency kit with items like gauze and bandages can come in handy.

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