Learn basic preparedness and coping skills to prepare and protect your health until help arrives. Always call 911 first in a life-threatening emergency.
- Learn the right way to wash your hands. Hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself, your family, and others from getting sick.
- Learn how to use a portable generator safely to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Learn how to perform Seizure First Aid to help a person with epilepsy until the seizure stops.
- Learn how to cope healthily with a disaster or traumatic event without the use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.
- Learn how to keep food safe after a disaster or emergency. When in doubt, Throw it out!
- Learn how to make water contaminated with germs safe to drink and where to find alternate sources of water. Bottled water is the safest choice for drinking and all other uses in an emergency.
- Learn how to protect yourself from electrical hazards and help someone who has had electric shock.
- Learn how to give back blowsExternal to an infant, and how to perform the Heimlich maneuverExternal on yourself and others in a choking emergency.
- Learn how to take care of wounds after an emergency.
- Learn how to help children cope with the trauma of an emergency.
- Learn Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) to help slow the spread of respiratory illnesses like pandemic flu.
- Learn how to use a fire extinguisherExternal. Replace your single-use extinguisher after use or every 10–12 years, unless the manufacturer notes an earlier expiration date.
- Learn how to use an inhalerExternal if you or a family member lives with asthma.
- Learn how to use an epinephrine auto-injectorExternal if you or a family member is at risk for anaphylaxis.
- Enroll in Until Help ArrivesExternal training to learn how to provide lifesaving care in emergencies.
- People with diabetes: Show people in your personal support network how to give an insulin shotExternal.
- Learn how to drive safely during an emergency. Turn around, don’t drown!
- Learn how to cleanup mold after a flood.
- Learn how to remove a tick with fine-tipped tweezers.
- Learn how to prevent mosquito bites, avoid contact with rodents, and treat a snakebite.
- Each year, approximately 36,000 people got to hospital emergency departments with chainsaw injuries. Learn how to use a chainsaw safely during tree removal after a disaster.
- Learn how to help someone who was struck by lightning.
- Learn how to cover a cough or a sneeze.
- Learn how to perform hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)External and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) until help arrives.
- Learn how to Stop the BleedExternal so you can assist injured people in an emergency.
- Know how to treat burn injuriesCdc-pdf in the first few minutes after it occurs.
Page last reviewed: April 5, 2019, 01:50 PM
Content source: Center for Preparedness and Response