Although we always hope the worst never happens, all volunteers must
be prepared to observe council procedures for handling accidents and
fatalities. At the scene of an accident, first provide all possible
care for the injured person. Follow established council procedures for
obtaining medical assistance and immediately reporting the emergency.
To do this, you must always have on hand the names and telephone
numbers of council staff, parents/guardians and emergency services
such as the police, fire department or hospital. Use the GSOSW
emergency blue card (obtainable at any council service center) to
report any incidents to the 24-hour emergency service. Always call 911
first for immediate help.
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington procedures to be
followed in the event of a serious accident, emergency or fatality:
- First adult – give priority attention to providing care for
the injured person.
- Second adult – call 911 to secure
police, ambulance, fire, etc.
- Call Girl Scouts of Oregon
and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) 24-hour emergency number:
- Give YOUR name, troop number, exact location
and phone number where you can be reached.
- Stay by the
phone until you receive a return call from a Girl Scout
representative. That individual will guide you and secure additional
assistance as needed. If you cannot stay by the phone, leave all
important information with the answering service.
- Work with
emergency personnel. Refer all media inquiries (press, radio, TV) to
GSOSW. Do not speak to the media.
Emergency 24-hour Answering Service 800-626-6543.
After receiving a report of an accident, council staff will
immediately arrange for additional assistance at the scene, if needed,
and will notify parents/guardians, as appropriate. If a Girl Scout
needs emergency medical care as the result of an accident or injury,
first contact emergency medical services, and then follow council
procedures for accidents and incidents. Your adherence to these
procedures is critical, especially with regard to notifying parents or
guardians. If the media is involved, let council-designated staff
discuss the incident with media representatives.
In the event of a fatality or other serious accident, the police
must be notified and a responsible adult must remain at the scene at
all times. In the case of a fatality, do not disturb the victim or
surroundings and follow police instructions. Do not share information
about the accident with anyone but the police, your council and, if
applicable, insurance representatives or legal counsel.
As you know, emergencies can happen. Girls need to receive proper
instruction in how to care for themselves and others in emergencies.
They also need to learn the importance of reporting to adults any
accidents, illnesses or unusual behaviors during Girl Scout
activities. You can help girls by keeping in mind the following:
Know what to report.
Establish and practice procedures for weather emergencies.
Know the type of extreme weather to expect in your area (e.g.
tornadoes, hurricanes and lightning). Please consult with your
council for the most relevant information for you to share with
Establish and practice procedures for such circumstances as fire
evacuation, lost persons and building-security issues. Every
girl and adult must know how to act in these situations. For
example, you and the girls, with the help of a fire department
representative, should design a fire evacuation plan for meeting
places used by the group.
Assemble a well-stocked first aid kit that is always
accessible. First aid administered in the first few minutes can
make a significant difference in the severity of an injury. In an
emergency, secure professional medical assistance as soon as
possible, normally by calling 911, and then administer first aid, if