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CHIPS Articles: National Preparedness Month: You Are the Help Until Help Arrives

National Preparedness Month: You Are the Help Until Help Arrives
By CHIPS Magazine - September 29, 2017
The recent natural disasters and massive recovery efforts across the federal government and aid organizations are heartrending reminders that life-threatening emergencies can happen in an instant. But you don't have to be a helpless bystander to tragedy. Emergency responders aren’t always nearby to help, but you may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately because you are the help until help arrives, FEMA advises.

According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46. Life-threatening injuries require immediate action to prevent an injured person from dying. Those nearest to someone with life-threatening injuries are best positioned to provide initial care.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that you learn how you can assist individuals in distress until professional first-responders arrive by learning or by teaching your community life-saving skills. FEMA offers tutorials and videos to help you prepare until medical or law enforcement officials can assist.

FEMA resources

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