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WHAT TO DO ON A 911 CALL or EMERGENCIES
Prepared Now | Jim Caldwell

Posted on 04/14/2012 9:59:08 AM PDT by jwsea55

WHAT TO DO ON A 911 CALL or EMERGENCIES

The PreparedNow website was developed to assist the average person on what and how to prepare for emergencies. After responding to emergency calls over the last two decades, these simple points may be difference in an emergency response team saving the life of a loved one. They are quick, simple to remember and easier to implement.

The Five Most Important Medical Things to Share with the Fire Department.

The Five Most Important Points on Fire Safety.

The Five Most Important Things To Do If There Is A Fire.

Things You Can Do To Be Prepared For Emergencies.

What To Do In An Earthquake.

Jim Caldwell, Redondo Beach Fire Department

www.preparednow.wordpress.com


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Local News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 911; 911calls; emergency; emergencycall; preppers; survival
While the suggestions are really beneficial for everyone, they are great for those of us who have aging parents.

Having had a 911 call and not having this information readily at hand, I know how valuable these points are. The points are clear and concise. Definitely worth the few minutes it takes to read it.

Definitely worth pass along.

1 posted on 04/14/2012 9:59:14 AM PDT by jwsea55
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To: jwsea55

Why the excerpt? How about just posting it here?


2 posted on 04/14/2012 10:09:49 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: jwsea55

Don’t say anything that may later be played on the MSM to convict you of a crime.


3 posted on 04/14/2012 10:10:50 AM PDT by toomanylaws
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To: humblegunner

Thanks for the suggestion. I tried pasting some but it was too choppy given FR total character limitations. Not sure which was better.


4 posted on 04/14/2012 10:13:39 AM PDT by jwsea55
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To: humblegunner

Even the source reveals next to nothing if you go there. What a useless thread - waste of bandwidth, processing, and DB/storage space....


5 posted on 04/14/2012 10:13:41 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: jwsea55

As a former 911 operator, the FIRST & FOREMOST thing to tell 911 is WHERE YOU ARE!!! You would be shocked (especially when people call with a cell phone) at how many folks call and do not know where they are. I can send police/fire/rescue if I know where to send it & let them figure out what you need if all I get is a location so make sure that is the first thing you say. We were trained to answer the phone “911, WHERE is your emergency?” not ‘what’ is your emergency. Of course, 911 enhanced land lines automatically display your address, but we always confirmed it & then moved on quickly to ‘what’ was going on. Cell phones were a major problem if folks could not give a location.

Certain things will trigger a ‘lights & sirens’ response - breathing difficulty, chest pain, change in level of consciousness or unconscious, etc. CUT TO THE CHASE & immediately tell the 911 operator - my dad is having chest pain, my mom is having trouble breathing, etc. Don’t start with the story .... my dad was mowing the lawn & wasn’t feeling so good so he came in for a glass of tea and after resting 20 minutes or so, he started to feel worse & now he is having trouble breathing & chest pain. We immediately hit the ‘dispatch’ key when we had the first clue as to what was going on & we could add/change the response code later. THINK about what you would say if you ever have to make a call ..... your brain tends to automatically fall back on what it knows during stress & it will be a ‘better’ call first & foremost for the patient & for the 911 operator who is taking the call.

BTW, my elderly dad asked my mom to call 911 as he could not breathe (CHF, lungs filled with fluid overnight). She ran into the walk-in closet & started getting dressed. A couple minutes later he gasped to her ‘did you call 911?’ She had not called. Stress can do weird things to folks - if you have elderly parents, talk to them about calling for help - maybe even write down & post by the phone what they should tell 911 in addition to the immediate problem (their own address, medical issues, etc.). Dad ended up ok, but my folks no longer live alone.


6 posted on 04/14/2012 10:21:38 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: KoRn

It took me a second to realize what you are talking about when I went to the site. Each one of those points is a link you are supposed to click.


7 posted on 04/14/2012 10:25:44 AM PDT by jwsea55
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To: MissMagnolia

When I was over at friend’s (who lives in an apartment) I needed to call 911 for her. I had no idea what her address was. She had no mail laying around. Rather than calling from my cell I called from her land line so 911 would have an address. Strange thing was, essentially the FD was almost across the street.

My friend was having chest pains and she didn’t think it was important.


8 posted on 04/14/2012 10:31:31 AM PDT by jwsea55
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To: jwsea55

1) Panic.

2) Panic like a little girl.

3) Panic like a little girl and squeal in fear.

4) Panic like a little girl and squeal in fear and run in circles with your arms in the air.

5) Crap yourself.

Heck, it’s always worked for me.


9 posted on 04/14/2012 10:46:38 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: jwsea55
I went to the site.

Went to the site or went to your blog?

10 posted on 04/14/2012 10:52:11 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Lazamataz

Thanks for the humor.
The first time I called it was like, “I am not prepared for this. I have someone who thinks they are dying and I need to deal with details.”


11 posted on 04/14/2012 10:54:36 AM PDT by jwsea55
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To: jwsea55
Never use these words when talking to a 911 operator:

1. Hoodie
2. Skittles
3. Iced Tea
4. Suspicious
5. Any ethnic description of the person being discussed.
6. Your Father's last name. Use your Mother's maiden name.

12 posted on 04/14/2012 11:01:25 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: jwsea55
Thanks for the humor.

Humor?

13 posted on 04/14/2012 11:02:58 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: jwsea55; Slings and Arrows
"I tried pasting some but it was too choppy given FR total character limitations. Not sure which was better."

Oh please, don't blame FR. If you're pimping your blog, be outright about it and post the whole damn thing.

It is more respectful to be outright than "click this".

14 posted on 04/14/2012 12:07:26 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: jwsea55
I was an EMT for more than 20 years and one of the most beneficial things that can be done to speed help is to have bystanders direct the ambulance and medics to the scene. This is especially important in apartment complexes and large businesses and particularly at night. Having bystanders at the entrance to the complex and directing responders to the proper building can save precious minutes. In homes turn on the porch light even in the day and have bystanders at curbside to direct responding units.

For older relatives have a card with their complete address by all phones...the emergency call might be made by neighbors or friends who may not immediately know the address in the stress of an emergency. Contact local emergency services about the Vial of Life program. Pertinent medical information is placed in a special vial in the refrigerator with a sticker on the door so it can be quickly located by emergency medical responders

15 posted on 04/14/2012 2:55:26 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: Lazamataz

During a crisis, you should always act like something is on fire. If nothing is actually on fire you should set something ablaze so it will be easier for everyone to act like something is on fire.


16 posted on 04/14/2012 3:23:23 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: jwsea55

FR has no character limitations on your blog. Post the whole thing if you think it’s worth a thread.


17 posted on 04/14/2012 3:28:33 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Lazamataz
I always tell them “There's two really friendly golden retrievers here and the first cop gets to shoot them BOTH!” That really lowers the response time.
18 posted on 04/14/2012 3:33:31 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
During a crisis, you should always act like something is on fire. If nothing is actually on fire you should set something ablaze so it will be easier for everyone to act like something is on fire.

PRECISELY! Even if the crisis is you are a few dollars short until payroll, start setting things on fire!

Like this girl!

19 posted on 04/14/2012 3:54:50 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: toomanylaws
"Don’t say anything that may later be played on the MSM to convict you of a crime."

And don't say anything the MSM can edit to make it sound like you did a crime.

20 posted on 04/14/2012 5:46:37 PM PDT by HangThemHigh (Entropy's not what it used to be.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

That’s where the “squeal in fear and run in circles with your arms in the air, then crap yourself” comes into play...it’s usually Laz on fire. “Hold muh beer and watch me hit this...”


21 posted on 04/15/2012 7:49:00 PM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: jwsea55

Why didn’t you make your list hyperlinks?

A very large number of FReepers will not click on a MySpace page.

I know I didn’t.


22 posted on 04/18/2012 5:30:50 AM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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