How can I prepare for an emergency?

After doing everything you can to prevent a medical emergency, the next step is to prepare for one. While it may seem negative to prepare for the worst, preparation takes prevention one step further. It means that if an emergency does occur, you will be more prepared to handle it calmly, quickly, and effectively to minimize its impact. 
    Being prepared means keeping a list of emergency numbers by the phone. The police, fire department, poison control center, local hospital, ambulance service, and your family doctor’s office all should be included. Being prepared means making a list of all the medications you and your family take and their dosages. In an emergency, you might not be able to speak for yourself, so carry it with you. This list could help prevent serious drug interactions. 
    Also make a list of allergies, especially drug allergies or those with severe reactions. This list will help ensure the care you receive won’t make matters worse. Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit at home, at work, and in your car. A first-aid kit will help you handle medical situations…from minor shaving cuts, blisters from roller skating, and sunburns to sprains or severe cuts. 
    Take a first-aid class. A basic class will teach CPR and proper methods for treating burns, wrapping sprains, applying splints, and performing the Heimlich maneuver. First-aid classes also will help you learn how to remain calm and how to calm others in an emergency.

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