Accidents on Campus

During my last week at Iowa State there was an emergency situation outside the steps of my college. There was a man laying in the snow and a few students had rushed to help him. One of my friends and I were there and we did everything we could to help. It made me realize that it is very important to know what to do during an outdoor emergency situation like that.

  1. It is important to know where the office is in your college, and in surrounding buildings. The office staff will know what to do and can contact help!
  2. Assess as much of the situation as possible before running for help. You want to give as much clear and accurate information as possible.
  3. If you have your phone give your cell number to someone in the office so that information can be relayed instantly
  4. Make sure that someone stays with the person so they are not alone
  5. When the police and EMS show up, give them room to work. They are professionals and know what to do, they will let you know if they need any further assistance or need to take a statement

There is a police station on campus and they are very quick to respond. If possible when calling for an emergency call from a landline phone, there are emergency call stations on campus, this way EMS can know the exact location. There are blue emergency telephones throughout campus, try to locate them during the first week of classes so you know where they are.

When asking my friend what was going though her mind she said “I didn’t know what to do so I ran to the nearest building to find help!”

She did exactly the right thing. You don’t have to know how to handle every situation, you just need to find someone who does. The person was okay, and the office staff handled the situation great, keeping everyone calm, and the first responders were quick to get to the scene!

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