Care For Each Other

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Community health resilience is, in part, a measure of people’s ability to protect their own physical, mental, and social health, and to care for their neighbors in times of adversity. Communities of people who are regularly involved in each other’s lives through volunteerism, for example, are often better prepared themselves and to support their neighbors, which can include vulnerable populations with special needs. Find ways to show kindness and concern for others.

  • Stay up to date on your vaccines for infections and illnesses, such as seasonal flu, to help protect the health of your family and community.
  • Bystanders are often first on the scene after a disaster or in a medical emergency. Learn practical skills, like how to perform hands-only CPR and how to use an AED, that can help you save a life.
  • If you need antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed. Any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance. More than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year, and more than 35,000 people die as a result.
  • Make time for self-care in stressful situations like an emergency.
  • Give the gift of life. Sign up with your state to be an organ donorexternal icon.
  • Check in on neighbors–especially those who are elderly, live alone or with a disability, or depend on a home use medical device—to help with shopping for supplies, shoveling snow, evacuation, etc.
  • Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about getting a prescription for naloxone and training on how to administer it in a suspected opioid overdose. Naloxone is available in three FDA-approved formulations: injectable, autoinjectable, and prepackaged nasal spray.
  • Seek out, share, and take advantage of opportunities to get involved in building community health resilience.
  • Talk to a friend or family member about your feelings before, during, and after an emergency. Seek professional help if feelings of stress, anxiety, and grief persist for several days or interfere with everyday activities (e.g., work, study, eat, sleep) and relationships.
  • Parents: Learn how to help children cope with the trauma of an emergency. How a child reacts can vary according to their age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress.
  • Responders: Work in teams to limit your time working alone and help prevent and reduce burnout and secondary traumatic stress.
  • Responders: Give trauma-informed care when tending to survivors of an emergency. Be aware that individuals may have experienced a variety of traumas in their lives that can affect their ability to cope with stressful situations.
  • Lend an ear to family, friends, and neighbors who may need someone to talk to about their feelings. Helping others cope with their anxiety and stress can make your community stronger.
Good Samaritan Laws

If CPR is performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, it can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. Despite the life-saving benefits, a reportexternal icon published in the Emergency Medicine Journal states that bystanders are often hesitant to administer CPR in a medical emergency out of fear they could further injure the victim. Good Samaritan laws exist in all states to protect people who provide life-saving medical help in an emergency. Learn more about the law where you live.

Page last reviewed: April 10, 2020, 03:10 PM