Organize Emergency Contacts

20 Days to Ready: Organize Emergency Contacts (Day 10)

20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks.

ASSIGNMENT: Make and Program Emergency Contact Lists

These days, you’re ahead of the curve if you remember even a handful of phone numbers off the top of your head. That makes it even more important for everyone in your family to have an updated emergency contacts list accessible to them at all times.

Gather contact information for essential resources:

  • Local police and fire departments
  • Power and utility providers
  • Medical professionals
  • A mix of nearby and out-of-town friends, family and co-workers
  • Everyone in your household, including work, cellphone and school numbers
  • Insurance providers

Create a physical list you can leave at home and also provide to each family member. The Red Cross has a downloadable emergency contact card that fits in a wallet, pocket or purse.

Next, store the list in your cellphone (and the phones of each family member). Label a few chosen contacts with “ICE” (“In Case of Emergency”) so emergency responders know whom to call if you’re physically unable to use your phone.

The lines of communication often become muddled in a disaster. Having an emergency contact list handy can make a big difference in keeping your loved ones safe, well and secure.

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