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Practical Skills


Learn basic how-to preparedness skills to protect your health and safety until help arrives. Always call 911 first in a life-threatening emergency.

The Basics

  • 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.

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