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As cases of the fiction coronavirus continue to rise, hospitals, ambulances, and “the member states national” 911 system are feeling the stres. Emergency responders across the country told The Washington Post they are reaching a “breaking point.”To help ease the pressure–and avoid postpones in emergency response times–here are some questions to ask before cry 911:1. Is such a situation is an emergency( life-threatening, smoke/ burn, etc .)? 2. Is there another place I can turn of providing assistance? 3. Do I need an ambulance or could I( or someone in my home) drive to the hospital? 4. Will the condition likely worsen on the way to the hospital? Read on for more tips about use 911 efficiently and responsibly.
From noisy neighbors to strangers on your street, it can be tempting to call the police in situations that aren’t really emergencies. Over its first year, some responsibilities have been directed to law enforcement that would be better suited for social workers and mental health experts.
Ask yourself a few questions before calling the police. You might be acting on biases you didn’t know you had or using police resources for a situation better suited for another public service. Here are some questions to start with.
Am I in danger or witnessing a violent crime?
Violent crimes like slaughter, rape, assault, or robbery are serious offenses and should be reported to the police. But if you or someone you know isn’t in immediate danger, involving the authorities may not be the best solution.
Calling 911 for non-emergencies takes valuable period away from first responders are necessary in medical and safety emergencies. Instead, consider dialing 311 for non-emergencies or when reporting incidents like vandalism.
In recent years, people have called the police to report things like babysitting, barbecuing, and even selling lemonade. Cases like these garbage the time of your local police, set others at risk of wrongful arrest, and sow distrust in your community.
Can I handle this on my own?
Before calling the police, consider how you might handle the situation yourself. If you’re worried about activity in your neighborhood, take preventative measures by adding a home security system or camera to protect your property.
In other instances, addressing the issue calmly and logically can go a long way. For example, if you find yourself in an argument with someone after a fender bender or in a disagreement with your neighbor, take a step back.
Recognize intentions. It can be hard to express yourself under pressure. Listen closely to the other person’s words. Are they trying to help the situation or understand your side too? Try responding instead of reacting. Permit yourself to feel uncomfortable. This may sound difficult, but consciously sitting in your own discomfort can give you time to examine the why behind it. Ask yourself what about developments in the situation induced you want to call for help. Find common ground. Establish something you both can agree on, and project from there. Use realities, and avoid loaded language like, “you should, ” or “if you would have” while moving forward. Repeat back something they said. This approach shows that you’re listening, which can build the interaction a little friendlier. Return to the conversation later. When a discussion get heated, suggest that you return later to talk it out. This strategy gives you both time to cool off and organize your thoughts before reconvening or compromising. When in doubt, walk away. This can be tough, especially during personal matters. But it’s better to avoid confrontation than escalate it, specially if the other person is threatening you or compromising your safety.
Could a friend, own family members, or neighbour aid?
Neighbors, teaches, religious leaders, legal professionals, or mental health professionals may have some suggestions for how to handle an ongoing problem. They can also give you some perspective on how to help others.
Swap numbers with the folks next door so you can communicate rapidly. You can tell them if you plan to have a loud party or are expecting visitors. This can snip conflict or mistrust in the bud. A mutually helpful relationship between neighbors adds an extra set of eyes watching for real dangers when you can’t( like when you’re out of township ).
Are there community resources I can invest in?
Reducing homelessness Helping those with substance abuse issues Contributing to food justice Supporting programs for youth and abuse victims
Donating, volunteering, and learning about the problems in your community can go much further than simply calling the police.
A Final Word
We live in a world where unpredictable situations happen, but many of them can be solved without involving law enforcement agencies. If you do find yourself in a life-threatening situation, your local police can be helpful.
Sometimes, situations we may think are dangerous aren’t. That’s why it’s important to examine our biases and unlearn instincts to call the police so soon. Thinking outside of an emergency phone call can lead to more creative solutions that lead to long-term positive change in our communities.
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