There are only 42 fire fighters on duty at any one time in the San Ramon Valley Fire District. In the event of a large scale disaster – you will have to take care of basic first aid for you and your family until communications and transportation are available to get some medical attention.
BE PREPARED FOR YOUR OWN EMERGENCY:
Register with SMART911 This system allows you to provide critical medical information to the 911 dispatch center BEFORE YOU DIAL 911 … important for families with special medical needs! www.smart911.com
FILE OF LIFE card alerts responding paramedics to obtain a quick medical history when patient is unable to do so. A reflective sticker is placed near the front door so responders know to look for the file. The file is a plastic pouch with a magnet on the refrigerator. Important for Seniors and anyone with special medical needs. Stop by any Fire Station and ask for one!
Keep First Aid Kit Current Once you have a first aid kit – be sure to replenish supplies used so a complete kit is available in the event of an emergency.
BE PREPARED TO HELP YOUR FAMILY OR SOMEONE IN NEED: Know the warning signs of a Heart Attack – medical attention within the first hour is critical – Discomfort or pain in the center of the chest * Discomfort in the arm(s), back, neck, jaw, or stomach * Shortness of breath * Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light headedness. Know the warning signs of a Stroke – act F.A.S.T … FACE – ask the person to smile, does one side of the face droop? ARMS – ask the person to raise both arms – does one arm drift downwards? SPEECH – ask them to repeat a simple sentence. Does speech sound slurred or strange? TIME – any symptoms – call 911 – time is critical! Think BASICS – your responsibility early is to keep a patient stable, treat or avoid shock, keep wounds stable and sterile. Basic First Aid and CPR/AED Training Bay Area Red Cross can help prepare you! www.redcrossbayarea.org. Daytime, evening and weekend classes.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY AT HOME OR AWAY:
-MUST have a first aid kit in your car
-MUST have a first aid kit in your office
-MUST have a first aid kit in your GO BAG!
IN YOUR CAR AND AT WORK- Assume You Will Not Be Able to Return Home: Copy of all your prescriptions – if you cannot return home because of a fire or emergency – you can get a prescription refill 3-10 day supply of medications with you – you must rotate to keep the medications current. If you cannot return home having these with you could save your life. Having a copy of your medical doctor contact information in the event you have to reach them because you are not able to return home is important too. REMEMBER… Even if someone is severely injured it could be hours or days before emergency services are available. You need to be able to provide for your family in an emergency – preparation is key.