The word “emergency” has lost its impact and become a commonplace occurrence.
Our city declared a Snow Emergency which just means that cars can’t park on the street so the plows can clear the few inches of snow that was predicted to fall.
The president claims a national emergency for a caravan of migrants on foot at the border.
The hospital Emergency Room treats as many sprains and viruses as it does true life-threatening illnesses.
With each overuse of the word emergency, it lessens the impact for when a true calamity is occurring. Emergency should mean dire, urgent or immediate. Keep your language free of hyperbole to avoid “crying wolf” one too many times.