Every home should have an emergency contact information list of important names and numbers posted somewhere in plain sight. You can save a lot of time, stress, and perhaps even the lives of family members, by having this list visible at the time of an emergency.
Basic information to Include in Your Emergency Contact Information List
Your list does not necessarily need to be in this order, though this can be used as a general guideline:
- Names, ages and birth dates of each family member: Full names listed with date of birth and current age.
- Home address and telephone number: include the address of the where the list resides, include full street address, and your phone number with area code.
Names and Phone Numbers for the following people/agencies:
- Local contact: someone close by - neighbor, relative, landlord, etc.
- Next of kin: relative who would be necessary to contact in the event of an emergency, or could make decisions for you if necessary.
- Work contact: your boss or supervisor, or a close co-worker.
- Family Physician and hospital: your doctor’s full name and office number with an after-hours office or pager number as well, plus a non-emergency number for your local hospital.
- Other emergency contacts: anybody who could be contacted in the event of emergency when your next of kin can't be reached – friends, other relatives, pastors, neighbours, etc..
- Police/Ambulance: 911 in most locations, but it may be different; also include non-emergency numbers.
- Fire department: again, 911 in most locations, but that may be different in your area; include non-emergency numbers.
- Gas company: contact info for emergencies.
- Electric company: contact info for emergency situations.
- Other utility companies: emergency contact info.
- Poison control center: to call in case of contact with toxic materials.
- List of Special conditions and equipment/medication: list (by family member) special medical conditions, including allergies, and specific medications such as insulin, inhalers, Epi-pens, etc., as well as important and necessary medical equipment such as blood pressure monitors, blood glucose testing machines, cpap machines and such.
- Health care / health insurance information: contact info for your insurance company or provincial/state health coverage providers, as well as personal health numbers (PHNs), insurance policy and group numbers for each person in the home.
There are many examples available for Emergency Contact Lists. Each example, I have found includes different pieces of information. Make the list fit for your particular situation. This list given here is just a basic guideline.
Placing this list close to the phone, in a highly visible location, is often a good idea so the information is always handy and everyone in the house knows where it is. A list like this, in an easy-to-read format, makes it easier to find and share the information needed in an emergency. Do the thinking beforehand—compile your information into a list similar to this—so you will have it all ready and in one place in the event of an emergency.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Tarasview on April 21, 2011: