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Educating the Public on Responding to Outdoor Emergencies

Educating the Public on Responding to Outdoor Emergencies


By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

Now that summer is heating up, more and more people will head to the mountains and other remote areas for hiking and camping adventures. But these expeditions also have the potential to result in serious emergencies. Educating the public on basic outdoor survival techniques conserves emergency team resources and helps to prevent outdoor emergencies.

Emergency response is comprised of a variety of organizations, including search and rescue teams, police and emergency medical services. They deal with mountain and water emergencies, earthquakes or tornadoes, to name a few.

Mitigation can be of tremendous importance in preventing certain emergencies. It is critical to continue to educate the public on outdoor emergencies, how to prevent them and how to survive them.

Emergency Teams for Outdoor Emergencies

Outdoor emergencies often occur in remote areas, which makes rescues more difficult. Important resources like the Mountain Rescue Association are dedicated to saving lives and providing mountain safety education.

These educational resources teach the public how to avoid certain illnesses and emergencies. Shows like “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” include excellent advice on how to react in survival situations.

Viewers can easily see what they need to do if they are ever faced with a similar situation. Viewing these situations on a television screen gives survival advice more impact with the public than words in a flyer.

Using Social Media Networks

Social media networks have proven to be particularly useful in teaching outdoor emergency response and educating the public. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has online emergency training courses to educate people on preventing camping emergencies.

Furthermore, campers and hikers might have friends who want to learn emergency management techniques as well, thus spreading important information about camping emergencies. In addition, the information on these sites serves as refresher training for those people who are already well-versed in survival methods.

Through teaching basic safety procedures to the public, first responders can decrease the overall number of outdoor emergencies. A more educated public will also be better able to avoid life-changing injuries or fatalities.

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