When Disaster Strikes, You Are The Help Until Help Arrives
It’s a fact. Rochester’s historic F5 tornado in 1835 left at least 37 dead and over 200 injured. Approximately 135 homes were destroyed, and another 200 were damaged. While communities need to be prepared for their own events they also need to be prepared for the consequences of events in other communities close by and across the globe.
Check out the video below which is not ours but gives you an idea of the power of such a storm. (Don’t try chasing storms without experience)
- The vast majority (95%!) of disaster victims are rescued by regular citizens nearby, NOT disaster agencies.
- 85% of critical infrastructure is private, not government. The historical paradigm of community preparedness has been government/public safety-centric…not citizen-centric, not whole community in nature. The Bounce Day Collaborative hopes to change all that by assuring that citizens, disaster professionals and health care professionals have a shared understanding of what contributions they can make to ensure that we can rise from the aftermath of a disaster and “Bounce Back.”
The Importance of Bystander Assistance
It has become clear that the first citizens on the scene at an accident where there are life threatening injuries represent an important part of the “chain of survival” We now refer to them as the Immediate Responders. It is quite likely that throughout the course of your lifetime, you will find yourself as the Immediate Responder at the site of an emergency. Check out the links below for more information on how to get online training and New Homeland Security and FEMA programs to increase the number of citizens prepared to respond.