How will you and your family cope with a major medical emergency or major natural or man-made disaster? How well prepared are you?
It may not be pleasant to think about the worst case scenario, but the fact is
that there will be – at some time – an emergency that seriously affects you.
In Case of Emergency Contact (ICE) Number-
If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listing on your Emergency Contact Card in order to get a hold of someone you know. Providing the name of a responsible person that knows you well enough to offer vital medical and personal information may be a life saving act.
If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
Identify an out-of-town contact. During a regional disaster it may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.
Teach family members how to use text messaging (also knows as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
Neighborhood Meeting Place
There may be any number of circumstances where you and your family are unable to return to your home for hours and even days: Natural disasters, police actions, hazardous materials spills. You and your family may wish to designate a spot to meet where you can assemble to determine the next actions to take. It might be a neighborhood business, park, or a friend’s house that might be ½ mile to 1 mile away from your home.
Sign up today for Disaster and Emergency Notifications - www.alertSCC.com
In Santa Clara County once you register your home telephone, cell phone, SMS, and home or work email with AlertSCC you will receive messages about emergencies, warnings, and advisories for your City and neighborhood.
Fill out the Emergency Contact Card and give one to each member of your family to make sure they know who to call and where to meet in case of an emergency.