Talk:Dealing with emergencies
Moving the article: "overseas" is not the same thing as "international" unless you live on an island... (WT-en) Hypatia 19:02, 3 September 2007 (EDT)
User:Mx. Granger just removed some general information from the London article, and it's of course true that these are questions you will be asked when calling the emergency number probably anywhere in the world including where you live. Would it still make sense to copy the information to this article instead? ϒpsilon (talk) 12:49, 30 September 2017 (UTC)
- I wouldn't object to that, though I wonder if it would be starting to go in the direction of writing a guide about everything instead of a guide about travel. —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:13, 30 September 2017 (UTC)
- Some of that might be useful, as few people are trained on how to make such calls, but I agree that this is not our prime concerns. I am also not sure that this advice is the most important: If there is a car accident or fire, somebody else will probably do the calling, so we should perhaps concentrate on cases where the traveller him/herself has to do it. If you are prepared to answer questions, then it is not that important what questions are going to be asked (as long as you understand the language) – unless you should have figured out the answer before.
- I think it could be important to advice travellers to tell about their medical conditions, allergies etc. to their company. I think not everybody tells about medical conditions and about being allergic of nuts, and that few tell about allergies against drugs (such as aspirin or penicillin) – and such things may be important in an emergency. There is also other important information, such as one's address, that not everybody in the company necessarily knows.
- Then there are things that differ between countries. Professionalism of emergency services surely differ, as do their practices. I thought a moment about adding info that AED:s are now quite common in Finland, but quite few travellers have a significant risk of needing CPR, and mentioning AED:s in no good without a longer explanation. I think we should concentrate on common scenarios where knowing what to do makes a big difference.
Transport accidents, building fires etc.
There are many kinds of emergencies that we don't write anything about, e.g. what to do if you find yourself in a traffic accident, plane crash, shipwreck, building fire, building collapse etc.. I've read that traffic is the single greatest risk for travelers, more so than diseases or natural disasters. From that perspective things like these sure seem like valid travel topics.