This past weekend, my husband and I took a much-anticipated trip to Wyoming. We spent most of Saturday exploring the mountain town of Jackson. The weather was great, so we parked the car and walked from our lunch spot (Snake River Brewery, which I highly recommend!) around to some of the shops for a few hours. On our way back, as we rounded the corner to the car, we noticed a drastic change in the view over Snow King resort - a big black cloud of smoke was looming overtop of the mountain. We were witnessing the first plumes of what would become the Little Horsethief Fire, which is still burning as of today. Yesterday, from Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park, the flames were still visible (in photo), and an Evacuation Advisory is in effect for part of the town.
The immediate danger posed to Jackson in such a short amount of time got me thinking about the importance of being prepared in the event of a disaster such as wildfires. What if the wind had been blowing a different direction that day? What if the fire had crested the top of the hill and come down into town? Would Dave and I have been able to jump into action, if needed? A big part of being prepared to help is having a sound understanding of First Aid and knowing how to react to injuries. Most of us probably know very basic First Aid, but did you know that the Red Cross also has a FREE First Aid app?
The app covers dozens of different injuries, emergencies and illnesses, various human conditions you may encounter such as heart attack or shock, and even allows you to test your knowledge of different challenges to better ensure your preparedness. By educating yourself on the basics of First Aid, you can be prepared anytime, anywhere an emergency may happen - because, as I saw on vacation this weekend, you really never know when that time might be.
To download, text “GETFIRST” to 90999 or search “American Red Cross” in the iTunes or Google Play App stores.