Aren’t friends and family members great? They’re always there for you when you need them. If you feel sick, they take you to the doctor or give you medicine to feel better. If you fall off your bike and skin your knee, they’re there to help you clean up and put a bandage on your wound.

The world can be a dangerous place. There are all sorts of accidents that happen every day. From automobile accidents and fires to health problems and natural disasters, emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere.

Friends and family members are great to have around in case of an emergency. But what if you’re alone and an emergency arises? Or what if the emergency happens to someone else and you’re the person who needs to help? Do you know what to do in case of an emergency?

It’s important to know what to do in various types of emergencies. How quickly you’re able to call for help and assist those in need can make a big difference. Responding quickly to an emergency can even save lives!

In an emergency, the most important thing you can do is get help as quickly as possible. This might mean finding a nearby adult right away. Or it could also mean calling for help on a cell phone or the closest phone.

When calling for help, the number to remember is 9-1-1. If you ever need to call 9-1-1, make sure it’s really for an emergency. Take a deep breath and just answer the questions the 9-1-1 operator will ask you. You will need to be able to explain the nature of the emergency, where you are located and what type of help is needed.

The 9-1-1 operator may give you some instructions, so that you can be as much help as possible to those in need. Listen carefully. Don’t hang up until the 9-1-1 operator says it’s okay to do so.

It’s important to remember your own limitations in case of an emergency. If you’re not a doctor or a trained firefighter, you may cause more damage or make things worse in an emergency if you try to do things beyond your capabilities. That’s why it’s important to get help from qualified people as quickly as possible.

Sometimes, the best help you can be to those in need is simply to stay calm and help them stay calm. Let them know help is on the way and stay with them until help arrives. Be sure to be aware of your surroundings, though. You won’t be any help at all if you end up getting injured, too!

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    • Hello Wonder Friends Haley and Gabbie! We’re so glad you learned some very important information from today’s Wonder! It’s good to know who to call and what to do in case of an emergency! Thanks for sharing your comment today! HOORAY! :)

  1. Today’s wonder was helpful in what to do in times of an emergency. My momma and daddy taught me and my brothers and sisters the Heimlich maneuver in case anybody chokes on something, like food. Thank you for today’s wonder! :)

    • That’s WONDERful to hear, Berkleigh! We think it’s great that your parents taught you and your siblings the Heimlich maneuver! What a great way to prevent an emergency! Thanks for sharing your comment! HOORAY for Wonder Friends like you! :)

  2. Thanks for this important reminder! We’re working on our emergency books today! Our guess for tomorrow’s wonder is bunnies or pussywillows. Thanks again!

    • What a great idea, Gwen and Angus! We’re happy to hear that you are working on your emergency books– what a great connection to today’s Wonder! We are proud of you for sharing your comment and being prepared in case of an emergency! WAY TO GO! :)

    • That was a very brave and important call to make, West Neill (Bobby)! Thanks for sharing your comment with us– and great job helping your neighbors! We are very proud of you! :)

  3. Now we know to call 911 in an emergency. Make sure you always know your address. Leah has been in an accident and 911 was called. When you call 911, it is important to remain calm. If someone’s house is burning or a really bad car accident, we will call 911. Always be aware of your surroundings.

    • We are very proud of our Wonder Friends, Tigers2nd grade, for summarizing what they plan to do in an emergency! We are proud that you are preparing for situations in advance– then you will be able to remain calm during the situation! Nice work! :)

    • We hope you’re safe and sound, too, Dani. In case you experience an emergency, we’re glad you’ll know what to do and how to act! :)

    • It’s always a good thing to be prepared– we agree with you, Wonder Friend! Thanks for WONDERing with us about emergencies, and sharing your comment, too! :)

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  • Do you know who to call in an emergency?
  • What number should you memorize for emergencies?
  • Can you create your own homemade Emergency Book?

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Are you prepared in case of an emergency? Grab a friend or family member and create your own homemade Emergency Book today!

Get a small notebook and decorate the front with the words “Emergency Book” in large letters. Make sure your notebook is small enough to fit into your school backpack, so you can keep it with you at school or when you’re away from home.

On the first page of your notebook, write down your personal information. This should include your name, your address, your parents’ names and relevant contact numbers.

On other pages, write down important numbers to know in case of an emergency. These should include 9-1-1, as well as the numbers for local police and fire departments. You might also want to include numbers for nearby poison control centers, hospitals and veterinarians (in case your pet has an emergency!).

After these important emergency numbers, include the names and numbers of other adults that can be contacted in case of an emergency. These might include relatives, neighbors or close friends.

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National Geographic Xpeditions’ Prepare Yourself! lesson introduces children to natural hazards that occur across their country and in their home region.

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