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: 800-626-6543.
- 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 girls.
- 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 appropriately trained.