What if I told you…
…there was one thing that you own and probably have with you right now, that can give you the support, the information and ability you need to keep everyone and everything you love safe and sound, PLUS the power to gather your family in seconds no matter where they are? What is it?
It’s your smartphone.
Our goal for today is simple.
If you had to face a major emergency minutes from now and the only thing you had with you was your smartphone, you should be able to:
Call or communicate with all the people you love within 10 minutes.
Communicate your basic medical information and your emergency contacts to emergency personnel even if you are injured and unable to speak for yourself.
Keep yourself and your family up and running using only the information in your phone until you reach home or your pre-planned evacuation location.
Access all of the emergency forms and plans you created and all of the data, photos, videos, movies and other items you saved and stored while reading our blog.
Now if you’ve been following the blog for any length of time, you’ve probably already created your family action/emergency plans. If not, just click on the links throughout the post so you can catch up.
In a moment we’re going to tell you how to store copies of these forms in your smartphone. If you would also like to have a hard copy of your emergency plans to refer to as well, grab a sturdy three-ring notebook and print out a copy of each of your Action Plans along with any other information that you want to include. Make sure that form or plan has its own tab, so that you can easily find or replace outdated pages. We suggest using a ring binder that has a hard, washable, vinyl cover and pockets to catch papers, maps or any other items that can easily become lost.
Your ICE Contacts
If you haven’t already finished putting ICE Contacts on your phone and the rest of the family’s phones, do it now. Make sure that your contact and your spouse’s contact contains links to every other family member’s medical information sheet.
The Rest Of The Family
When you created your Family Evacuation Plan, you detailed each family member’s email addresses, text, user names and cell numbers on the plan. Now it’s time to take that one step further by making sure each member of your family’s smartphones have:
Every other family member’s complete contact information, including all social media handles and work/school schedules.
Full contact information for each Out Of Area Contact.
A copy of your Family Evacuation Plan.
The addresses and phone numbers of these two meeting places highlighted in their Contacts.
An extra copy of their emergency wallet cards.
Are you ready to pull it all together? Here’s how to turn your smartphone into your very own Mobile Command Center.
There are three types of information that you might need in an emergency: