Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
The FAA announced last week that it plans to conduct evacuation testing this November, to decide if passengers are able to evacuate planes in a safe and timely manner during an emergency.
I think few would disagree that the cell phone is one of the most essential pieces of modern technology that’s come down the pike in the past 20 years or so. As their technology has improved, they’ve been an especially great boon to travelers, with apps to help with airlines, hotels, rental cars, ground transportation, maps, translation, keeping track of your miles, points and reservations, and so much more. And that’s to say nothing of the ability to stay in touch with your family, friends, and, as needed, work, all thanks to having a cell phone.
If you’re traveling internationally and have data or WiFi service, your cell phone becomes even more critical, especially when you need it for emergencies.
Lots of businesses have their own special codes for their staff to be aware of emergencies. When I worked in a hospital, “Code Blue,” followed by whatever floor, wing, etc. meant there was someone who was experiencing cardiac or respiratory arrest. In lots of places, hearing “Code Adam” means there’s a missing child (it was named after Adam Walsh, the little boy who was abducted in a department store in Florida in the early 1980s), Some of you may have heard of a “Code Brown” and frankly, I don’t want to be the one to clean that one up. 😉
The various codes have been established so businesses can quickly and effectively communicate with their employees without their guests, customers, passengers, etc. knowing what they’re talking about.
Travel-related organizations each have their own sets of codes, too. Like these…
Since 1986, the FAA has required that every domestic passenger-carrying airplane with a flight attendant must have an onboard emergency medical kit that has a variety of medications and supplies.
Unfortunately, few, if any of these supplies are appropriate for childrens’ usage, according to a recent study.