You Are the Help Until Help Arrives – Steps that Save Lives

When potentially life-threatening injuries occur, every minute matters. Those nearest to the event can make an important difference in the outcomes for the injured. You Are the Help Until Help Arrives raises awareness of the need to step forward, and empowers individuals to provide lifesaving care to the injured, before emergency medical ser­vices arrive.

You Are the Help Until Help Arrives encourages the public to take five steps when there’s an emergency in situations where someone may have a life-threatening injury due to trauma: Call 911, protect the injured from harm, stop bleeding, position the injured so they can breathe, and provide comfort.

This program is the result of interagency collaboration led by FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Health and Hu­man Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and the Uniformed Services University’s (USU) National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH). Original research supporting the training curriculum comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To learn more about the steps people should take to help someone with life-threatening injuries, visit for an interactive, animated video, a 25-minute online video self-guided tutorial, and materials for a hands-on, instructor-led course that can be used to provide in-person training in communities across the country.


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