Assess the situation:

Quickly evaluate the nature and severity of the emergency. Determine if it's a personal emergency, such as a medical issue, or a broader emergency, such as a fire, natural disaster, or accident.

Ensure personal safety:

Prioritise your safety and that of others nearby. If you're in immediate danger, move to a safe location if possible. Avoid rushing into a hazardous environment or putting yourself at risk.

Call for help:

Dial the emergency services number in your current country to report the situation and request assistance. Provide clear and concise information about the emergency, your location, and any relevant details.

Follow emergency procedures:

If you're in a specific location like a workplace, school, or public venue, familiarise yourself with the emergency procedures beforehand. Follow the established protocols and evacuation routes, if applicable.

Alert others:

If it's safe to do so, warn others in the vicinity about the emergency to help ensure their safety. This could involve activating fire alarms, shouting for attention, or using any available communication methods.

Provide first aid:

If someone is injured and you have the knowledge and resources, administer first aid or perform CPR if necessary. If you're unsure, it's best to wait for medical professionals to arrive, unless immediate action is required to save a life. Taking a basic First Aid course can save a life - learning the recovery position, how to check airways or how to stop bleeding can be helpful throughout your life in unexpected situations.

Stay informed:

Listen to updates from emergency services, local authorities, or official channels to stay informed about the situation and any instructions or guidelines. Follow their directions carefully and be prepared to adapt your actions as necessary.

Support and comfort others:

During an emergency, people may be frightened, stressed, or in shock. Offer support and reassurance to those around you, particularly those who may need assistance due to physical limitations, age, or other factors.

Remember, the exact actions to take in an emergency will vary depending on the specific situation, however it's important to stay calm, think clearly, and prioritise personal safety.

Being prepared in advance by familiarising yourself with emergency procedures, at home or abroad, and obtaining basic first aid knowledge can also be invaluable. Global Horizon Skills are dedicated to First AId excellence in Northern Ireland and provide a full range of open courses. These are now running through July, August and September at our Omagh and L/Derry offices . . . book today!