One argument sometimes used against voice over internet protocol (VOIP) telephone services is that they don’t always identify your location when you make a call to the 000 emergency number. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is taking TPG to court for a more fundamental problem: a six-month period where some of TPG’s phone subscribers apparently couldn’t access 000 at all.
Home and office emergencies range from minor annoyances (a ripped seam in your best outfit, an uncharged phone) to bigger problems (health issues, broken pipes). Regardless of the scale, the key is to be prepared. Here are our recommendations for emergency kits to help you through some common scenarios.
When an emergency arises in a large crowd, the bystander effect dictates that your probability of getting help decreases despite plenty of onlookers. The solution? Pick a specific person from the crowd and explicitly command him or her to dial 000 instead of just yelling for someone to call for help.
There’s something to be said for having a first-aid kit at the ready wherever you go. I used to slip a few bandages in my wallet just in case, but this first-aid kit made with a breath mint tin has enough bandages inside to patch up the cuts and bruises you might get during your average day (and then some!)