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HHS HealthBeat (May 21, 2014)

First on the scene

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

In a disaster or even in more common emergencies, the first people available to help are likely to be other people who also are involved – friends, family members and even strangers.

That’s why Gregg Margolis of HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response says it’s so important to learn how to help – things like first aid and CPR. But he also says a lot of good doesn’t require special skill – just willingness to help:

“Sometimes people are reluctant to provide care because they think that they might somehow worsen the situation. And time and time again, we come to realize that just a little bit of common sense and a little bit of caring provides an awful lot of support.”

It could be helping people find the medical care they need.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 21, 2014