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Preventive Measures is the
ISB website's bi-monthly section on health, wellness, safety
precautions, and over-all well-being. Focusing on how to improve your
life through sensible health practices and skills, Preventive Measures
doles out a dose of good advice for a healthier and more active you.
As the saying goes, an ounce
of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Once can never be too prepared,
especially when dealing with a vast number of people in one place like,
say, at a V-Convention. Not to be too negative about things, but it's
always good to be prepared for the worst. That way, you can handle any
possible emergency with efficiency and a cool head.
Emergency Contact Information:
Get a list of nearby hospitals, fire stations and police headquarters as
well as their contact information. Forge a liaison between you and
these emergency centers so you will have an immediate contact point just
in case their assistance will be needed. Let them know ahead of time
about the event and any pertinent details so they can respond right away
as soon as an emergency arises. Make sure the list is accessible to
anyone in the team to avoid delayed action and confusion.
First Aid Kit and Supplies:
When it comes to first aid, remember A-B-C: Airway, Breathing and
Circulation. These are the first three things to check for when
performing first aid. Your first aid kit should also contain items such
as pocket masks and airway valves to assist those who have breathing
difficulties, bandages, sterile dressings, antiseptics and adhesive
tapes for bleeding or physical trauma, as well as medicines, syringes,
scissors, tweezers thermometers, ice/heat packs and alcohol.
For large events like
Conventions, it is necessary to have several of these at the ready and
placed at strategic points in the venue.
First Aid Squad:
Some ISB members are trained in First Aid. Make sure you have
able-bodied individuals who are debriefed and alert to any possible
emergency. If there are professional doctors or other medical personnel
within the group, then that is much better. Have their contact
information or radio frequencies as part of the Emergency Contact list.
Everyone should undergo a safety briefing prior to the event. These
briefings should be tailored to each event, and all pertinent
information should be updated. Briefings should also include exercises
and practice trainings to increase efficiency and to work out possible
In large events where literally thousands of people congregate, it is of
utmost importance to have an exit strategy laid out. This means knowing
how to direct the crowd safely and orderly out of the danger site.
Figure out a plan and if possible practise drills prior to the events
can minimize injury, control any panic and prevent escalation.
The bottom-line is, events
are meant to be enjoyable occasions. Everyone is there to have a good
time and an unforgettable experience. Keeping in mind the basics will
help make it a more memorable occasion for all the right reasons.