Creating Your Own Emergency Response Guidebook

In the case of an emergency situation, the United States government has established an emergency response guidebook to assist first responders. While this book addresses the duties that first responders address in their daily work, it also contains valuable information that should be well known by the general public.

The emergency response guidebook was last updated in 2008 and is due for another update in 2012. The guidebook is updated every four years as technology is developed and new information is discovered.

In the emergency response guidebook, first responders can find instructions on how to assess and control emergency situations. The book spells out the different situations and which steps should be taken to properly control the issue. Topics covered in the book include:

  • Signs to look for
  • Assessing the situation
  • Steps to take
  • Proper departments to call for assistance
  • How to handle a crowd in each situation

While emergency responders always have an emergency response guidebook on their person, it is their duty and responsibility to know how to utilize the guidebook in the case of an emergency. It is also mandatory for all emergency personnel to undergo specific training for their specific job. Having the emergency response guidebook is not enough to perform all the job duties.

While first responders are responsible for having and knowing the contents of the emergency response guidebook, it is important for you to do your part as well. Preparing for a natural disaster or emergency is the first step in doing your part. Educate your friends, family, and community on the potential natural disasters that could affect your area. Some common types of natural disasters include:

  • Flood
  • Hurricane
  • Tornado
  • Earthquake
  • Fire
  • Hazardous material spills

Another way to prepare for a natural disaster or emergency is to take a CPR and first aid class. These classes are usually offered through local Red Cross Chapters and other various organizations. In general, the class can take up to 4 hours of your time and the certification lasts for two years. If you have a family, it is always an excellent idea to have everyone take the class if they are of age. By doing this, when an emergency comes your way, you can be confident that everyone can do their part to help out.

Something you can do with your family is to make your own emergency response guidebook. This book can be inspired and tailored after the first responders official book but pertain to tasks your family can perform in an emergency situation. For younger family members, it is a good idea to include in the guidebook telephone numbers of who to call in case of an emergency. Make sure they know how and when to dial 911.

We have also developed a free crisis management website full of planning guides to help you and your family prepare for an emergency. The website has several free tools and tips available to help you prepare for an emergency situation.

When first responders need information in the event of an emergency, they turn to their emergency response guidebook. While your family doesn’t need to know the ins and outs of this professional book, it is a great idea to make your own guidebook. That way, when disaster strikes, you are ready and prepared!