Learn basic how-to preparedness skills to protect your health and safety until help arrives. Always call 911 first in a life-threatening emergency.
- Learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) until help arrives.
- People with disabilities: Conduct a self-assessment. Know what you can and cannot do. Talk with your health care provider about a realistic plan.
- People who use durable medical equipment: Show people in your support network, including family and friends, how to operate and maintain your medical devices.
- 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 keep food safe after a disaster or emergency.
- 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 use a portable generator safely to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Learn how to protect yourself from electrical hazards and help someone who has had electric shock.
- Learn how to perform Seizure First Aid to help a person with epilepsy until the seizure stops.
- Learn how to give back blows to an infant, and how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on yourself and others in a choking emergency.
- Learn how to take care of wounds after an emergency.
- Learn how to take care of your emotional health 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 extinguisher. 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 inhaler if you or a family member lives with asthma.
- Learn how to use an epinephrine auto-injector if you or a family member is at risk for anaphylaxis.
- Enroll in Until Help Arrives 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 shot.
- Learn how to drive safely during an emergency.
- 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.
- Page last reviewed: August 23, 2018, 09:10 AM
- Page last updated: August 23, 2018, 09:10 AM
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