How You Can Help in an Emergency

Emergency Entrance SignAn awareness campaign aims to empower bystanders to help in an emergency. The “Stop the Bleed” initiative seeks to grow grassroots efforts that encourage those who are first on the scene to train and learn to apply first aid and help a person who is bleeding.

Injuries can happen in different places like your home or workplace, and knowing the proper ways to prevent complication from injuries would help anyone survive.

Why Training Matters

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reveals the importance of stopping blood loss, adding that a person can pass away from losing blood within five minutes.

The government-backed national campaign also emphasizes the importance of learning Basic Life Support (BLS). explains that a course on BLS can cover CPR, automated external defibrillator, and first aid, which includes simple wound care and treating hemorrhages.

The Federal Interagency Workgroup that organized the initiative hopes to raise awareness that people can take simple actions to prevent loss of life after an emergency or disaster—man-made or natural.

Saving a Life

So what do you do in an emergency that results in someone with incurred trauma? You need to call or tell someone to call 911. Then you need to ensure your safety before helping the person because you can’t help anyone if you get injured. You’ll also need to get the person to safety, away from traffic or other potentially hazardous situation. Then, and only then, can you begin to do the following:

  • Locate the source of the bleeding
  • Expose the wound and identify the life-threatening bleeding (e.g., excessive bleeding, blood pooling on the ground, the person is unconscious or confused, etc.)
  • Compress and control the bleeding; a belt can act as a tourniquet until emergency responders arrive at the scene.

Your response to an emergency could save someone’s life. With the government’s new initiative, you could take that first step toward learning life-saving skills today.