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And the Oscar for “Best Emergency Response” Goes to….

oh the Oscars. Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, they take the world by storm for a few hours every year. It’s an opportunity for Hollywood to honor the best of the best in a seemingly increasing number of categories (or does the show itself just somehow get longer?), and at home we enjoy a compilation of speeches that are given, dresses that are tripped on, and shiny trophies that are handed out.

However, there was a bit of a twist to the Oscars this year. One that wasn’t seen on stage or on the red carpet. It happened backstage. A security officer started to suffer from a seizure. Nope, this wasn’t a quick filming for an upcoming movie, this was really happening.

Charlize Theron happened to be backstage and witnessed the security officer start to fall. Apparently he was taken care of quickly, and medical personnel showed up quickly, but this does present itself for us to have a little conversation about what one might do in this situation.


Check the scene and check the person
Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number
Care for the person based on the conditions you find

To make sure you know what to do in an emergency situation, you can take a First Aid Class and download our First Aid App to your smartphone. You never know, maybe you’ll be a seat filler at the Oscars and you’ll need to perform CPR on the celebrity next to you. Or, more realistically, you’ll be able to respond to an emergency situation in your home or office (which is where most of these incidents occur).

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  1. Goes to show that emergency situations can happen anywhere and at any time. Being prepared can save lives. Thanks for this. 🙂

  2. We recently had a 50-unit apartment fire. Within an hour of the fire, the Sonoma. Mendocino & Lake County chapter of the American Red Cross coordinated a myriad of agencies in Ukiah, CA to provide an amazing response. The final tally at the shelter was 62 people, and 2 more with special needs in a motel. Teams came from Napa, Lake, Sonoma & Humboldt counties to staff the shelter. The High School cafeteria provided breakfast and lunch; Plowshares Community Dining Room provided supper. The school district provided a bus to transport the victims to the shelter and from the hospital. The VA provided transportation for the wheel chair bound victims. The Dorcas Society provided clothing to the victims who were mostly all still in their pajamas. The Dept of Social Services provided replacement Medi-Cal and food stamp cards for them, and gave taxi vouchers for MD visits to f/u on their injuries. Nuestra Casa and community members provided translation services. Plowshares also found apartments for all the families that lost everything, and raised $20,000 in 2 days to give them as cash donations. All while the Red Cross volunteers staffed the shelter, ordered replacement meds and supplies for those lost, provided VSP certificates for replacement glasses, and coordinated the whole operation. The initial team that opened the shelter at 3am were amazing. And so were all the replacement teams. In all my 35+ years of Red Cross volunteering, it was the most amazing community response, and our County Coordinator Don Rowe was amazing putting it all together and deploying the whole team. “All hands on deck,” he said as he initiated the phone tree.