It’s important to have contact numbers easily accessible for you, your family, and anyone who may be staying with your children. Whether these are phone numbers where you can be reached when you’re away, or numbers for local emergency services, you never know when you might need them. Here are a few emergency contact numbers you should keep on a list in a central location, such as your refrigerator.
Your Phone Numbers
Leaving phone numbers to contact you and whomever you will be with is important, particularly for your child or anyone staying with your child. Write down your cell phone number, work numbers, and the number for where you are going. The last number you can keep on a separate sheet, Post-It note, or marker board underneath, because that number may change regularly.
Relatives and Neighbors
Sometimes you may not be immediately available, so you want someone else to be on alert if anything happens. Make a list of numbers for trusted neighbors, friends, and relatives close enough to come in case of emergency.
The most obvious emergency services contact number is 911, but write that down for your young child. Also leave more specific emergency contact numbers, including the local hospital, emergency room, urgent care center, police department, fire department, and poison control center. Also explain to your child when it makes sense to call any of these numbers.
Medical Contact Numbers
There may be non-emergency situations when you need to call medical services, so it helps to have these numbers together as well. This includes contact information for your family doctor(s) and any other doctor or nurse you know well. Your local pharmacy’s phone number is also good to have, particularly the pharmacy where you regularly purchase your medications, so they can easily access your information if needed.
Other Handy Resources
Information and addresses for where you are going are also good to keep in a central place in your home. Also leave addresses for some of the people and places you put on your emergency contacts list, including the local hospital, your work, family members, friends or neighbors nearby, pharmacy, and your family doctor(s).
List medications your family needs by the name of the person who takes it. Include the medication’s name and dosage and at what time(s) that medication should be taken. Also list what to look out for if your family member takes medication when certain symptoms arise. Write down your insurance information in case someone needs it while trying to get emergency medication or other medical assistance.
Why a Hard Copy Can Save You in an Emergency
While you can program emergency contact numbers into your cell phone, your cell phone may not always be available, such as if it is lost or ran out of battery. A hard copy of contact numbers and other emergency information prevents you, your family, and anyone who might stay at home with your children from not knowing how or where to find that information when you need it most.
Keeping this list in a safe, central place, such as your refrigerator, is vital for keeping close contact and being prepared in an emergency.
Written by Carolyn Heneghan
Carolyn is a nutrition and environmental crusader who loves using and exploring technology almost as much as she enjoys writing about it. Learn more