What to do in an emergency

Fortunately, I’ve never been in an emergency situation. However, it’s worth being prepared. Yesterday I came across two bits of useful information that are worth passing on.

Firstly, the Red Cross has a handy first aid app for phones, which gives some guidance on simple first aid procedures and what to do in an emergency, which you can find by following this link. Thanks to David Williams for pointing this one out.

In an emergency situation, the obvious thing to do is to contact the emergency services by dialling 999 on your mobile. What I didn’t know is that it is more effective to dial 112. This video hosted by the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team explains why (thanks to Tony Hobbs). It’s worth five minutes of your time to watch.

To maximise your chances of rescue, you should register your phone with the emergency SMS service. Details can be found here. It takes less than a minute to register. It’s worth doing before you find yourself in an emergency situation so don’t delay!


11 thoughts on “What to do in an emergency”

  1. My 4 year old loves the Red Cross app. He opens it with the cry “Lets see what we can get!”. Great fun for hypochondriacs and children that like to pretend to be the emergency services.

  2. Here’s what happened in North Wales not long ago

    My husband has just passed his hill day and will join NEWSAR (North East Wales Search’n Rescue) as an aspirant this year. I hope we never find ourselves in a precarious situation like the man on the vid but if we do I’m sure I will appreciate having him with me even more ^_^

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