In case of emergency
Your safety depends above all on your ability to react appropriately to the situation and the kinds of behaviour consequent to it. An initial reaction of fear and anxiety is normal, infact it helps to keep you safe.
It is essential that you learn the rules about coping with emergencies before an emergency occurs.
Remember that it is important:
- to avoid hindering emergency operations and follow instructions given by the Police and the emergency response teams.
- to obey all instructions given by the emergency service operators (your cooperation in such cases is vitally important).
- to tune in, if possibile, to your radio or tv. In the event of an emergency, programmes may be interrupted to broadcast notices to the population and provide news updates on the incident under way.
Even if you aren't personally involved, your cooperation can be vitally important:
- don't call the emergency services except in case of really dangerous situations.
- If possible, postpone going to the hospitals to visit relatives or for non-urgent check-up. In a major emergency all the staff is usually busy assisting the injured
- don't go to the place where the emergency has occurred even if you think a relative or friend of yours may be involved.
- dial the Green Numbers (toll-free numbers) activated for the emergency.