What to Do in the [Event] of an Emergency

Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere – and yes, that means at your carefully planned family picnic as well. From weather emergencies to fires and power outages, no event is immune to the effects of bad timing and worse conditions. Below are some ways that you and your guests can stay safe when those unfortunate events happen:

  • Weather: It’s unpredictable.

Especially in Memphis, the weather can be very unpredictable at times. If you are hosting an event that will be outdoors, make sure there is an area or other way to house the event and activities should the weather take a turn for the worse. To prepare for an event – rain or shine – think about using tents, coverings or umbrellas that can provide cover for your guests. In the event of a tornado or other hazardous weather, make sure to follow instructions to prepare and maintain safety.

  • Fires: Stop. Drop. And Remember.

Fires can result from many different things, including kitchen accidents and electrical malfunctioning. If fire could potentially be a guest at your event, make sure to have an extinguisher handy and someone present who knows how to properly use one. In the case of a fire, make sure to alert the authorities and evacuate guests out of the building and away from the fire.

  • Overheating: Keep guests in the shade as much as possible.

One thing that’s important to remember, especially in the summertime, is to keep your guests as cool as possible. With summer weddings and events that involve people being outside for long hours at a time, it’s easy to get overheated. If your guests get overheated during your event, offer them some water or a sports drink and take them into a shaded area. It’s also a good idea to keep towels on hand, so that guests can dampen them and apply them to the skin, if needed.

  • Kitchen Emergency: Do not continue cooking.

Kitchen emergencies happen – even when hosting a dinner party or a celebratory event. If you cut yourself in the kitchen,  stop what you are doing immediately. Turn off anything that maybe on, like the stove top or oven. Apply pressure to the cut with a washcloth, and hold it above your heart until the bleeding stops. If you think the cut is serious and may require stitches, then head to the hospital.


Preparation is key. Planning ahead for emergencies such as the ones listed above will ensure you and your guests are prepared for the worst, so that you can celebrate at your best!


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