By Stacy DeBroff
Create an emergency phone list to provide everyone involved in your
home with instant access to critical information and phone numbers.
Leave a copy by every telephone, in your car, and in your diaper
bag. Hand a copy to every new babysitter and every family member
who watches your child.
emergency sheet should include:
Phone numbers for poison control, ambulance, police, fire department,
and your electric, oil, and gas companies
Work, cell phone, and pager numbers of both parents, as well as
Phone numbers of legal guardians or people to call in case neither
parent can be reached, listed in order of who to call first
Phone numbers where other children can be reached, or to reach your
child during the day, including day care, school, and activities
Your precise address and phone number. Driving directions to your
home from known landmarks. Directions to the nearest emergency room
from your home.
Contact numbers for medical providers:
Pharmacist, as well as the closest 24-hour pharmacy
Your childs information:
Full name, nickname, blood type
Age, height, weight, hair and eye color
Allergies, medical issues, and medications
Date of last tetanus booster
Brief medical history of serious illnesses or injuries
Notarized letter stating that your hospital has permission to treat
your child for a life-threatening illness or injury. The letter
should include emergency contacts, the name and phone number of
your pediatrician, your childs allergies, medications she
takes, and health insurance information. Make copies for care providers
or family members babysitting your child. Call nearby hospitals
and schools to see if you can leave this note on file with them.
Photocopies of your childs medical insurance card
If you have a pet, include the name and number of your veterinarian,
and an emergency number, if its different
The locations of emergency first aid books, the poison control kit,
fire extinguishers, flashlights, and tools or keys for unlocking
doors in the house
Keep handy instructions for emergency first-aid and the Heimlich
DeBroff is author of The Mom Book, 4,278 Tips for Moms!
and founder of www.momcentral.com