Emergency Contact Planning

Have you reviewed your emergency contact list lately?  If you made your emergency contact list a few years ago, chances are high that it's time to adjust your list and add new phone numbers.  It takes just a few minutes, so take the time today to update your contacts.

What emergency contacts should you include on your list?
  • Your out-of-state contact.  Each one of your family members/loved ones should have the same out-of-state emergency contact person to call in case the local phone lines are down or overloaded.
  • People to call or text during an emergency.  List out the names and phone numbers of all the people you would like to check on during an emergency.  In case you lose your cell phone or address book, you will have this hard copy backup.
  • Local numbers for fire, police, ambulance, and poison control.  These numbers can serve as a backup in the event that 9-1-1 is overloaded.
  • Your health care provider.  List the name of your doctor, their phone number and a toll-free emergency number if they have one.
  • Your insurance information.  List the company names, policy numbers, your insurance agent's name and toll-free and direct emergency numbers for your health insurance, homeowner's insurance, car insurance, etc.
  • Your out-of-the-neighborhood meeting spot.  Does your family have a place to meet outside of your neighborhood in the event that your home is inaccessible?  Add this location to your list and make sure all of your family members know where it is.
Once you have your emergency contacts listed, print out or handwrite the list and add it to your emergency kit.  Adding a copy to your wallet or purse is not a bad idea as well.

Other services to check out:  We are Safe and Sound and the Red Cross' Safe and Well List.  These are free online notification services that can let your family members know you are safe.

Don't have an emergency kit?  Buy your kit today at Ready Set Go Kits.

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