What if you didn't make it home tonight? Would anyone care if you were in trouble? Who could provide 1st responders with medical info and make decisions for you?
Time Required: Less than 1/2 hour
Cost: $0 & up
YOUR EMERGENCY I.D.
This doesn't have to be anything fancy. We wear dog tags with our name, blood type, & two emergency phone numbers (with apologies to those in the military who might be offended). If we had serious medical conditions, we would wear a medical I.D. bracelet or necklace, since a 1st responder would look there first.
Your I.D. could be as simple as a card with your name and the name / phone number of a person who can make decisions for you. Carry an extra copy in a pocket outside your wallet or handbag, in case your incapacitation is due to a mugging.
YOUR MOBILE PHONE
1st responders can trace you using your phone, but it takes time.
You can program your Emergency Contacts into your phone's directory.
You can add In Case of Emergency (ICE) info to your phone's lock screen. (And yes, there's an app for that!!)
How to add ICE info to your iPhone
How to add ICE info to your Android
[Note: On an iPhone 5, we skipped Steps 7 & 8, and just scrolled down to "Notes" to add the phone number]
WHEN YOU'RE THE 1ST RESPONDER
The worldwide mobile Emergency Number is 112. Outside your coverage area, dial 112 and the mobile will search the existing network for you. Even if the keypad is locked, you can dial 112. We tested it for you & got a real 911 person, to whom we apologized.
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