It’s Wednesday of Summer Safety Week in downtown Spokane! July 31 through August 4, downtown is sharing resources and tips to foster a safer, more inviting, community for all. Today we are highlighting the importance of preparedness as it is a critical aspect of mitigating risks and maintaining calm when something unexpected arises.

First Aid Preparedness 
One key way that you can practice preparedness is by learning basics of first aid and CPR. First aid and CPR are crucial aspects of being prepared and promoting general safety. These skills enable individuals to respond immediately in emergencies, provide life-saving care, minimize complications, and promote a safety-conscious mindset. You can find a local first aid and CPR training courses here.

  • In an emergency, remain calm and take time to asses the situation and evaluate possible actions to help those in trouble.
  • Designate one person to call the proper agencies or 911 to avoid the bystander effect where response time of help is greatly extended.
  • Know the difference between infant CPR and adult CPR so that you can properly respond.
  • Always prioritize maintaining proper CPR technique to avoid causing harm to the person. If needed, take a break and ask for assistance from another bystander; having help is crucial in sustaining effective chest compressions.
  • Carry Band-Aids and a small aid kit with you to ensure access to medical resources if needed.
  • Document any relevant details about the incident so that you can help the proper authorities with information if needed.

Event Preparedness
We are excited to welcome everyone back downtown to our many events and activities. There is much fun to be had here in Spokane! When attending events, it is important to be well prepared and committed to safety.

  • Prioritize safety by familiarizing yourself with the event location and nearby surroundings before attending.
  • Inform a family member or friend about your plans and expected return time to have someone aware of your whereabouts in case of emergencies.
  • Exercise moderation in alcohol consumption to maintain clear judgment and situational awareness, reducing vulnerability to potential risks.
  • If attending with a child in a high-traffic event, take a photo of them in their outfit to aid in reuniting if separation occurs.
  • Identify emergency exits in your vicinity as part of your preparedness routine.
  • Adhere to event officials and security personnel’s instructions and guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities, contributing to a collective effort in creating safe environments.

Pet Preparedness
Bringing our furry friends out on adventures is one of the best parts of enjoying the summer sunshine. However, ensuring it is a positive experience for everyone requires being prepared and diligent before and during outings.

Here are some tips for enjoying events and public spaces with your pets:

  • Research pet-friendly destinations, check local regulations and lease laws to make sure you’re you can properly accommodate venue requirements.
  • Ensure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and consider getting them microchipped in case of accidental separation. This precaution will provide an extra layer of safety and peace of mind.
  • Pack water, treats, and waste bags for your pet. Keeping them well-hydrated and cleaning up after them shows respect for the environment and fellow adventurers.
  • Ensure your pet is comfortable around people, other animals, and different environments. Proper training and socialization will contribute to a more enjoyable and stress-free experience for everyone involved.
  • Be mindful of the temperature, especially during hot summer days. Avoid walking on scorching pavements and keep your pet cool with shade breaks and water.
  • Always keep your pet on a leash where required, and ask for permission before allowing them to interact with strangers or other pets.

By following these tips, you can be prepared to create unforgettable summer memories with your furry companion while being considerate of others.

In Spokane, a community dedicated to safety, being prepared is essential for creating a secure and uplifting environment. By taking these proactive measures to be prepared and supporting one another, we can foster a sense of security and empowerment for all, making Spokane a place where everyone feels safe.