Moving into a new home? You’ll want to be sure you have the right emergency contacts posted someplace accessible.
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.
- Preferred phone numbers. Include both parents’ work and cell phone numbers. Some companies may not allow calls during the day, so parents may want you to text them on their cell phone. If a parent works in an office and there is a main number, request that as well. You can always call the main number and ask the receptionist to deliver a message.
- Email addresses. Most people have a cell phone data plan that includes access to email. This might be the fastest way to reach a parent. It’s also good to have their email addresses to discuss any changes in the routine with the kids (updates on whether soccer practice has been cancelled or requests for the sitter to stay later than expected, etc.).
- Doctor information. It is important to have the number of the children’s health care provider as well as other health professionals. List each doctor’s name (include specialists, therapists, etc.), location, and phone number. This information should be kept at the family’s home on their fridge and on the list of emergency contacts that you carry with you.
- Allergy information. It’s one of the first questions EMTs and Emergency Room nurses will ask. Your emergency list should include medical, food, and other allergies of each child.
- Medications. List of any medication family members may be taking. Include the name of the medicine, the dosage, how many times a day and what time (morning, noon, or night) they take the medicine. In the case of emergency care, doctors or anyone administering medication will need to know what other medications the child has in her system.
- Another contact. Include the name of a trusted neighbor, relative, or friend in the area who can help out in an emergency. If the parents cannot be reached, the next phone call should be to this adult. The same information (phone numbers, email address, etc.)-along with the relationship to the child-should be included for this contact.
- Emergency phone numbers. Along with 911, list the town’s Fire Department, Police Department, and Poison Control Helpline, and so forth.
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