What Slows Down Emergency Responders When Every Second Counts

“Every day across the country, firefighters and paramedics respond to urgent calls for help. But many of those responders say it’s taking longer to make their way through congested streets and past inattentive drivers. There are simply more pedestrians, more drivers, more distractions, and more cars that are nearly sound-proof — making it hard to hear a siren.” Riding along …

Every Second Counts: Growing Concerns for Emergency Responders

“We are back tonight here with an issue we all need to be more aware of. Most folks don’t spend a lot of time thinking about first responders until they need one. When you do, when you need help, when someone is trying to get to you, seconds feel more like minutes going by. And in our modern era, many …

Information…Please

Once 911 has been called the clock starts ticking.  When will they arrive?  What’s taking so long?  Believe me responders are doing the best they can to reach you in a safe and sane way. The question then becomes how can they be assisted during the emergency call so the potential patient can be treated better and faster? One way is proper information …

Humps.. Bumps & Undulations … Oh My!!

No matter what you call those lumps of asphalt across the street,  they all delay emergency response … to you!  Do you know the differences in the thought of slowing traffic?  If your city, or neighborhood group wants to slow traffic as it goes down your street, please find another way. A speed bump is higher and rounder than a speed hump which is …

Deaths by medical mistakes hit records

It’s a chilling reality – one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third only to heart disease and cancer – claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year. At a Senate hearing Thursday, patient safety officials put their best ideas forward on how to solve the crisis, with …

Communication: What Happened?

When families had one phone, there was one central place for communication. Today, everybody has their own phone, which perversely makes it much harder to keep family communication centralized.  If there’s an emergency, who do you call to get essential information? Let’s step into the time machine to not so long ago to the 80’s.  We were still using land …

Street Signs … Can You See Me Now?

Street signs are something we depend on in our daily travels.  When we use our cell phones to navigate our way to a friends home,  a local business,  or a family trip,  we depend on street signs!  We need street signs for reassurance that the way forward, the road beneath our wheels with our last turn is always correct.  Without our trusty sign, …

Delayed 911 response a matter of geography and jurisdictions

Los Angeles residents are often kept waiting for city rescue crews when nearby L.A. County crews could have responded faster. A 30-year-old plan to link dispatch systems hasn’t been implemented. October 20, 2012|By Robert J. Lopez, Ben Welsh and Kate Linthicum Stephanie Hooks pleaded for help after collapsing on the floor of her South Los Angeles home. “I can’t breathe…. …

How to display your house number

Emergency response teams cannot find you if your house number is not clearly displayed. Believe it or not, a majority are not visible from the street. It’s even worse at night. A badly displayed number can cost you precious time in an emergency. Read Union County’s guidelines for street address signage.