Posted on April 15th, 2015

Emergency List for Home

We all have mobile phones with oodles of memory storage. But, what if a robber enters your house, snatches your phone away, and in sheer desperation of trying to get away from him, you lock yourself in a room with only your landline? The contact list of your mobile phone is of no use here. What if your parent suddenly has a medical issue and is not in a condition to tell you the contact number of his physician?

Emergencies are not common but when they come, they come with a bang and wasting time in hunting for the minute but important bits of information is not advisable. An emergency list is needed for just that one emergency which might or might never occur. But when it is the question of your loved ones, you cannot take any risks!

So what should go on your emergency list? Every family’s requirements will be different but here is a list of what should typically be included in an emergency list:

Important phone numbers – List all the important phone numbers like those of close friends, family, neighbors, etc. These would be the people you would want to notify or ask for help in case of emergencies. You can also make a separate section to list down contact numbers for miscellaneous services like water department, electricity department, plumber, mechanic, etc.

Email addresses– A list of important e-mail addresses should also be a part of this list. Many a times, we rely on our mailbox for email addresses and do not know each one accurately. There might be a situation wherein you are not able to check your mailbox AND need to mail something important. This list will be helpful in such a scenario.

Doctors’ information – Phone numbers and addresses of each family member’s doctor is an important component of the list. Also, note down where the important medical papers of each of the family member are stored in the house. TIP: Include important information for each family member like date of birth, height, weight, etc.

Veterinarian’s information – If you have pets, note down the vet’s information too.

Allergy information – One of the first questions a doctor will ask in case of emergencies! This should include known medical, food, and other allergies of each family member.

Medications – This should include medication details of each family member. Note down the name of the medicine and the dosage. In case of emergency, doctors need to know what other medications the person has in his or her system.

Emergency phone numbers – This would include the contact numbers of your town’s fire department, police department and so forth.

Common location – Decide on a meet-up location (a place where everyone should meet at, that is at a safe distance from the house) in case of fire or any calamity. It can typically be a nearby park, mall, temple, etc. In an emergency, if your family gets separated for any reason, everyone, including the kids, can head to this location and not get lost.

Once the list is ready, keep it at an easily accessible location in your house. If possible, make copies of the list and keep it in your wallet or bag so that you have it with you at all times. You can tape it on the refrigerator or you can choose to keep one copy of the list in every room.

It is important that you keep the information up to date by updating it every month or as there are any changes in the medications, personal details, etc. Emergencies are rare but intense situations and it is wise to be prepared for it. A simple list of all the important information can make it a lot easier for you to battle out the crisis by taking the right action at the right time!