I keep a list of emergency contacts written on a card that I keep in my wallet – something that I’ve been doing for a number of years.
Here’s how and why:
I just updated my emergency contact card (which is why I’m posting about it today). I’m not sure how many of you do this, but I think it’s a good idea.
God forbid if you ever get into a serious accident where you are unable to effectively communicate with rescue personnel, having a card in your wallet with emergency contact information and/or pertinent instructions will be beneficial in several ways.
While emergency personnel will obtain your own identification information via your drivers license or other ID from your wallet, they will have no idea who to notify of your situation unless they dig deeper into research (which will take time).
On my emergency contact card I list the name and phone number of my wife, a relative, and two nearby neighbors who I trust. I also list the fact that there is a dog at home (and his name) in the event that someone needs to care for him.
You could choose to list any pertinent information on the emergency contact card. Think of the scenario whereby you are unable to communicate after an accident. What would responders need to know? Perhaps you have a unique health issue. Who will they call to notify of your condition? It’s a simple thing, but I wonder how many people actually think to do this. No one wants to think about being in a serious incapacitating accident. But it does happen.
You could simply write this on a piece of paper, or better yet – one of those index cards which are stiffer and will hold up better in your wallet. You could place a credit card on top of it, trace out the edges and cut the paper such that it will fit neatly into your wallet. I go so far as to tape over it with a strip of shipping tape – and then trim the edges. This enables more durability and waterproofing.
Being the computer geek that I am, I maintain a .txt file on my PC with my emergency contact information and simply print it out on regular printer paper (and then trim it to credit-card size with a scissors and then apply clear shipping tape over it on both sides – and trim again).
In any event, you get the idea. I just thought I would share the tip…