When widespread disasters like tornadoes and earthquakes happen, the need for first responders quickly exceeds government's ability to address individual needs on the ground. In fact, on a weekly basis in many counties across the U.S, the need frequently exceeds first response capabilities. So if responders are stretched under daily expected volumes, imagine the chaos that might ensue during an extended emergency event lasting weeks, months, or years.
Under widespread, extreme-need disaster conditions, never assume help will arrive quickly; it may not! You may find yourself waiting while physical and environmental conditions worsen minute to minute. It is crucial to have the necessary skills and supplies you'll need to stabilize yourself or another injured person and more advanced skills to address life-threatening conditions.
Will basic first aid help you in this situation? Yes, but probably not enough.
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