If you ever find yourself in a situation where an emergency happens, and you have to be the one to call for help, here are a couple of tips:
- Take a deep breath and try to calm yourself down. This is sometimes much harder done than said, but it’s important to stay calm so that you can think clearly and be able to talk to the emergency services.
- Call 911 right after you calm yourself. There’s no use in calling 911 when you’re out of breath and in shock. You’ll need to describe the situation and answer questions.
- Tell the operator your emergency. Give them your name and address. If you don’t know the address, try to explain where you are using landmarks. Explain to them the situation, what happened and other details they ask for.
- Stay on the phone until the operator tells you to hang up. They might give you instructions on what to do – follow them.
- Head back to the situation and assess your surroundings. Stay on the scene until the police, ambulance, or firetrucks arrive.
- Follow the authorities’ further instructions. You will most likely be checked by the ambulance once they arrive.
There are many cases of emergencies where we freeze and can’t think of what to do. In these cases, just take a deep breath and remember to stay calm. Then call 911 right away. You just might be able to save a life.