Dear Readers. With the recent tragedies that befell Lakewood over the last couple of weeks, and with the summer months approaching, I felt compelled to share my ideas with you, which perhaps can save the most valuable thing we have. A life. The first thing that enters one’s mind when witnessing an emergency on the road, in our home or wherever else we may be, is, “call Hatzolah”. Baruch Hashem we have an amazing team of dedicated volunteers who go all out at any time of day or night to do whatever they can to save a life as quick as possible.
However, there’s Hatzolah’s department and there’s ours. Our job is to make sure we do whatever possible in our reach to ensure that Hatzolah members can do their job as efficient and quickly as possible.
Talking from experience, and witnessing people stumble with the phone number etc, do you know how much time is wasted from the time an emergency occurs, until a call is placed to Hatzolah? And even when a call is placed, sometimes Hatzolah has a difficult time finding the home.
The first couple of minutes following an emergency are most crucial.
Therefore, I believe there are a few things which schools and parents should educate children with, so we can avoid as many tragedies as possible.
First, every child should know how to dial the Police, Hatzolah, EMS etc when witnessing an emergency. (Speed dial helps too).
Secondly, I think every phone in every home and office, should have some type of note or sticker attached to it with the numbers they first dial in an emergency.
And finally, have well lit home address numbers which are immediately visible from the road. There has been many incidents where Hatzolah has lost precious time due to not being able to read and find a home or office address.
Happy and safe summer to all.
A concerned TLS reader.