Organization and Triage in an Emergency Situation


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In an emergency situation to effectively organize a disaster scene is a difficult task, and it is just as important as directly treating victims.

Prioritizing which survivors are in need of immediate care, cordoning off sections for different levels of need, and helping those who will most benefit from immediate attention can reduce treatment times, decrease the burden on those administering aid, and bring some sense of order to what is sure to be a chaotic scene.

The system of triage works by categorizing victims into categories, and is a time-tested method for effectively managing personnel and resources in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

In the aftermath, there can still be danger that can bring severe injury to otherwise healthy survivors, such as damage to surrounding structures, the possibility of a second disaster, and lingering environmental effects like air pollutants and hot surfaces.


  • The scene following an emergency can continue to be a dangerous area.
  • Natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, and tornadoes can come without warning, leaving victims tremendously disoriented and potentially panicked.
  • There’s a lot more to successfully managing the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

“It will be those closest to the event that will need to step up and help those around them.”

Finding survivors, directing them to the proper triage zones, fetching tools for those administering aid, and generally contributing to a calm and orderly atmosphere can go a long way towards saving lives.


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