NCEMA issues guide for emergencies

ABU DHABI, 26th February, 2015 (WAM) — Protection is a set of cognitive principles, values and practices that people resort to when they face hazards or accidents or when they expect their occurrence. The purpose is to ward off danger or, in case it occurs, to minimise its intensity and aerse effects, according to a UAE official guide book.

Your Guide for Emergencies, published by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authorities, NCEMA, outlines preventive measures and ways to deal with emergencies, disasters and crises, reminding all that “Preparedness is the most important step towards protection”.

“Effective protection starts with preparedness, which constitutes the most important step towards protection, as well as the foundation of protective measures which, if applied accurately and consistently, lead to better protection of both people and property, and hence of the country and its assets,” the guidebook says.

The guidebook outlines a series of concepts and methods to the public in different cases of emergency, to avoid the dangers that might threaten their life and safety as well as the life and safety of their families and environment, or that you might need to address while on the road, at school or at work.

It also shows how to protect property as well as the individual and collective property of others, through instructions and aice that correspond to the different types and natures of hazards likely to occur in times of peace, war, turmoil and disasters.

Additionally, it introduces the best and most up to date methods of protecting oneself and helping others through a series of first-aid instructions on how to stop bleeding, treat burns and fractures or resuscitate cardiac arrest or suffocation sufferers.

The guidebook also offers aice on how to ensure personal safety during fires and how to deal with various building components such as installations and equipment.

It also offers instructions on measures that should be taken in times of war to avoid crises, in terms of consumption levels, blood donation, warnings, shelters and personal defence.

In particular, the guidebook focuses on the importance of a “previously prepared emergency kit”, and helps to avoid potential chemical and biological terrorist threats as well as bomb attacks.

Finally, the guidebook, explains in detail how to care for people with special needs in cases of emergency, reminding again, “preparedness is the most important step towards protection”.