Learn what to do in emergency situations like fires and natural disasters.
In an emergency, the first step to saving
a life is fast, effective response. Communication is vital in American
society, and the success of our emergency response system lies in the
hands of individuals like yourself. It is up to you to make the call
that could safe your own or a loved one’s life. The following is a list
of important telephone numbers for use in a wide range of emergencies.
Perhaps the most important number you should remember is 9-1-1. Calling
9-1-1 will connect you with the fire department, the emergency medical
service, and the police. When you call this number, an operator will
pick up and will ask you what your emergency is and where you are
located. Briefly but clearly describe your emergency. Provide a
specific address or location where emergency vehicles may be sent. If
you are in a car accident, try to find street signs that may tell you
what intersection you are at.
In case of fire, the first thing you should do is exit the building and
move as far away from the flames as possible. Immediately call 9-1-1.
You may need to use a neighbor’s phone or ask a bystander to call 9-1-1
for you if you are not able to. As difficult as it may be, you must
leave your belongings behind. Do not go back into the building for any
reason! Once the fire department arrives, tell the firefighters what
happened, the possible cause of fire, and any people or pets left still
left inside. The firefighters equipped with flame-retardant suits will
be able to enter the building and rescue anyone that may be inside.
Police respond to criminal activity and other major disturbances in the
community. If you witness a robbery, rape, murder, domestic violence,
or if you feel threatened in any way, call the police immediately. Call
EMS first to help anyone who is injured. Most likely the police will
tag along with the ambulance, and it is more important to receive
medical attention first because it may save a life.
If you, your child, or a pet ingests a hazardous substance and you
think they may be poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222 immediately. This
toll-free number will put you in touch with the poison control center
nearest your home. If at any point the victim has collapsed or is not
breathing, call 9-1-1 immediately.
*If you suspect poisoning, it won’t hurt to call 9-1-1 anyway just to be safe.
If you come into contact with a potentially dangerous animal (i.e.
squirrels, raccoons, stray dogs and cats, etc.), Animal Control will
come and help remove it for you. If the animal tries to approach you or
acts strangely, keep your distance! This animal may have rabies, and
rabid animals are dangerous and likely to bite. Animal Control will
remove the animal in a safe and humane way.
The number for your local Dekalb County Animal Control Center is
404-294-2996 or for weekend and holidays emergency service call
Georgia is known for its severe and unpredictable weather. Although
Atlanta avoids most hurricanes, tornadoes and flash floods can happen
at any time and without warning. When the weather begins to look
threatening, tune in to your local radio or television station. They
are likely to have notification of any severe weather in the area.
- A tornado watch means
that conditions for tornadoes and severe weather are favorable to
develop. Necessary precautions should be taken such as remaining
indoors, away from windows, and out of showers. WARNING: It
is very dangerous to take a shower or bath during a thunderstorm as
lightning may strike the water line and cause electrocution.
- A tornado warning means
that severe weather is imminent in your area and a tornado may have
touched down already. Move to the lowest level of your house or if
trapped outside, seek low ground immediately. You may also hear a local
emergency siren outside to warn you of approaching danger. Your local
media outlets will let you know when conditions are safe once again.
In the past year, Dekalb County has installed a 3-1-1 system for minor
crises and community concerns. To report, for example, a cat stuck in a
tree, lost pet, tax evasion, or a related disturbance, or to just find
out information concerning garbage pick-up, call 3-1-1. You can also
call this number if you have any general questions concerning the
community or what to do in an emergency.
*NOTE: This number is not the same as 9-1-1 and should not be called in emergencies!
is a good idea to compile a list of important numbers and place it near
the telephone in your house or apartment. You will then be prepared at
the first signs of an emergency. This list can also be useful to
babysitters or anyone visiting who may not be familiar with the area.
Some important numbers that you should include are the following:
- Emergency Medical Services (this is 9-1-1 in most cases)
- Fire Department
- Police Department
- Poison Control Center
- Your child’s physician
- Parent’s work number
- Parent’s cell number
- Neighbors and/or relatives
with this list, you should include a list of any known allergies,
medical conditions, and insurance information for you and your family.
Your children should know how to effectively call for help as well.
Take a few minutes to make sure your children know the following
information and would be able to repeat it to a bystander or a
telephone operator. Who knows, your child may save your life one day.
- How to dial 9-1-1
- His or her full name
- His or her full address
- How to give a short description of the emergency
Visit this website for a sample emergency contact information sheet.http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?lic=1&article_set=29950&cat_id=20221
article is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute
legal advice, and readers or visitors are encouraged to seek the
counsel of an attorney to directly address their concerns.