Skip Nav
What to Ask Yourself Before Breaking Up With Someone
14 of the Sexiest TV Shows You Can Stream on Netflix in July
Successfully Officiate Your Best Friend's Wedding in 6 Easy Steps

The How-To Lounge: Emergency Situations

It's scary to think about, but emergency situations do present themselves in our lives from time to time. And knowing how to handle them calmly and efficiently is extremely important and can even mean the difference between life and death. Though no one can guarantee how they’ll respond to a situation until they find themselves there, I’ve come up with a few tips should something arise. To see them just


  • Don’t panic. (I know, I know; it’s an obvious suggestion that’s a lot easier said than done.) The sensation of panic is one of a physical nature — heart racing, sweaty palms, rapid breathing — but instead of focusing on your body like you might naturally be inclined to do, draw all your attention to the scene around you. Think first, and react later.
  • Once you’ve pulled yourself together, start listing off what needs to be done in order of urgency. Does someone need medical attention? If so, is it necessary to call 911 or can you just drive them to the hospital? Making a quick assessment will keep the chaos to a minimum and again, help you to avoid panicking.
  • Use teamwork. It’s likely that the people around you have experience you don’t, so pull all that knowledge together to come up with a solution.
  • On that note, don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. The support of another person can really make a difference.
  • Make every effort to act as quickly as possible. While taking a few minutes to come up with a solution or plan is important, dilly-dallying over a serious decision is not an option. You’ll never have a right answer, so just make a choice and stick with it.
  • Remove the people who aren’t handling things well, even if that requires physically sending them away. They’ll only make the situation that much worse.
  • If you can manage to keep your cool, you might be surprised at how quickly a situation can change from emergency to managed.


Join The Conversation
emalove emalove 9 years
Misslarue, I'm pretty useless in a crisis too...I go into panic mode and I freak out.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I run on adrenaline when in an emergency situation and I'm doing all the right moves but not really thinking about them and not being careful. When I got into a car accident logic took over. I asked if hubby was okay and the two of us walked out of the car (I'm not even sure if we looked to make sure we weren't being run down). It's just instinct to me.
misslarue misslarue 9 years
Kristinh1012 - Even if I am the only one around I suck. My husband cut his finger pretty bad working in the yard a while ago. I had to call the neighbor.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
haha Misslarue, me too! I hate it. I'm not bad if I'm the only one there that can help, but if someone else is there also, I seem to just panic.
misslarue misslarue 9 years
I am a useless turd in any emergency situation. I wish I weren't, but it's fact.
Is a Second Job Worth It?
How to Make the Workday Go Faster
Difference Between Stress and Anxiety
Kim Kardashian Fidget Spinner
From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds