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9-1-1 for Kids Program

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9-1-1 How To's

EMERGENCIES
In an emergency, call 9-1-1, stay calm, and make sure everyone is safe until help comes.

FIRE
Get out of the building if you can. Set off the fire alarms. Close doors and windows to slow down the fire. If you are trapped inside, stay near the floor. Go to a window and call for help. To use a fire extinguisher, think PASS: Pull the pin. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Squeeze the handle. Sweep foam from side to side.

POWER OUTAGE
Turn off all appliances and computers. Leave one light on, to show when power is back on. Do not use candles. Use flashlights. When power is on again, make sure that appliances work properly. If you are cold, bring everyone into one room and close all doors to keep heat in. Drivers: If traffic signals are not working, treat them as stop signs.

POISONING
 If you suspect poisoning, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you know what poison was taken, tell the operator. Keep the victim safe and warm until help arrives.

IF SOMEONE IS INJURED
Do not move the victim unless there is immediate danger. Call 9-1-1. If the victim is bleeding or unconscious, tell the operator. Remain calm. Stay with the victim. If the victim is bleeding: Apply direct pressure to the wound. Raise the injured area. Do not let the victim’s blood touch your skin.

DISASTERS
In a major disaster that affects the entire community, help may not come right away. Listen to radio stations for emergency info.

EARTHQUAKE
During the quake: Duck under a table or big piece of furniture. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Hold on until the shaking stops. Wheelchair users: Apply brake. Cover your head with your arms. Drivers: Pull over. Do not block the street. Stay in your car. After the quake: Expect aftershocks. Watch for falling objects and power lines. Check your home utilities. If you smell gas, turn off the gas line and leave the building.

AIR CONTAMINATION
During serious air pollution, or chemical or radiation disasters, radio broadcasts may tell you to "shelter in place." Here’s what to do: Stay inside your home, building or car. Close windows and doors. Pull blinds, curtains, and drapes. Turn off air conditioning and ventilators that pull air into the building. Block cracks around windows and doors with towels. Wait until emergency radio gives the OK to leave.

BUILDING COLLAPSE
Stay away from broken windows, heavy lights, and furniture that may move. Exit only if you are in danger. If you smell gas, leave right away. Stay out of elevators. Think before you try to move someone. You may cause another collapse or further injure the victim. Follow instructions from safety workers.

TERRORISM
In a terrorist attack: Stay calm. Follow instructions from safety workers. Be ready for another attack. Do not spread rumors. Be alert. When you go to a new building, always look for ways to leave quickly. If you find a strange package, do not touch it. Leave the area and call 9-1-1

GETTING READY
Planning is your best protection in any emergency. Help may not reach you right way. Water and power may not be restored for days. Plan to be on your own for one week.

PREPARE FOR AN EMERGENCY
Keep copies of important papers outside your home. Include your passport, driver’s license, social security card, health insurance cards, prescriptions, list of your valuables, wills, deeds, and financial records.

Choose a person to be your contact Choose someone outside your area. Give this person the names and telephone numbers of people to keep informed. After a disaster, ask you contact person to call those people.

Develop emergency plans for your home, school and work Pick exit routes and meting points. Know how an when to turn off gas, electricity, and water in your home. Practice your plan! Make emergency kits for your home, work and car. Include water (seven gallons per person), food, medicines, first aid kit, flashlight, AM radio, extra batteries, dust mask, eye protection, whistle, soap, sanitary items and cash in small bills.

Put smoke detectors in your home. Change the batteries twice a year.

RESOURCES

To prepare yourself and your family for an emergency, contact:

American Red Cross
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Auxiliary Communications Service (HAM radio)

Phone numbers you may need:
Poison Control Center: (800) 876-4766


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