An In Case of Emergency Form is a vital document to have on hand. Armed with critical information in one place, you can save precious seconds and minutes when disaster strikes and you need to move quickly.
The last thing you want to do if a sudden emergency occurs is waste time looking for the contact information to reach the help you need. So, take the time when you aren’t rushed or stressed to record all of that essential information and stash it where you can easily access it later.
What to Include on an In Case of Emergency form
Since there are so many different ways life can go sideways, your In Case of Emergency form should cover a broad array of contact information for important services and contacts.
Thankfully, 911 will cover most true emergency services. But what about those very scary serious situations that fall short of a 911 emergency? Here are some to consider:
- Police or Sheriff Department
- Fire Department
- Poison Control
- Animal Control
- Water Department
- Electric Provider
- Natural Gas Provider
If you have pets, you may also want to include:
- Animal Poison Control
- Emergency Vet
Family & Close Friends
Make it easy to contact those closest to you in the event you need help. Who are the friends and family members who know you best and can provide information and/or support if needed?
With so many of us reliant on our cell phones to store information, very few of us know these numbers by heart. Make sure to record this information in a place you can easily access if your phone isn’t available.
This information is incredibly helpful if you have visitors or a babysitter at your home who won’t necessarily know this information off the top of their head if they need it while in your home. Details to include:
- Your address
- Your contact information
- Nearest cross streets
- Homeowner’s association or property manager
- Nearest hospital and/or urgent care
- Names and contact information for your neighbors
This information isn’t as important as the previous categories but can be helpful in the event that something happens to you and your family or friends need to notify your employer.
- Your name (as you are known at work)
- Employer & supervisor name if applicable
- Work address
- Work phone number
- Your position
Where to Keep Completed In Case of Emergency Forms
Because we never know where or when an emergency will occur, it’s best to cover your bases. I recommend keeping copies of your In Case of Emergency information in the following places:
- Kitchen – on the fridge door, cabinet door, or command center
- Car(s) – in the glove box
- Phone – either a photograph of your forms or in digital notes or contacts
How to Set up In Case of Emergency Contacts on Your Phone
If you’re involved in an accident while you’re away from home, you can set up your phone so that emergency personnel can access your In Case of Emergency information even if your phone is locked. Here’s how.
For iPhone Users:
- Open the Health app and tap the Summary tab.
- Tap your profile picture in the upper-right corner.
- Under Medical Details, tap Medical ID.
- Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
- To make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen on your iPhone, turn on Show When Locked.
- Enter health information like your date of birth, allergies, and blood type.
- Tap Done.
For Android Users:
- Open Contacts and then select Groups.
- Tap Emergency Contacts.
- Select which contacts you want to add to the list by clicking the + button next to each name.
- Tap Emergency Medical Information to add any medical conditions, allergies, medications, blood type, and any other information. Press Save.
Free Printable In Case of Emergency Forms
I’ve created free printable In Case of Emergency forms to record all of the information I’ve recommended above. Click the image below or the following link to download them –>> IN CASE OF EMERGENCY FORMS (PDF)
More Emergency Preparedness Resources
Now that you’ve taken care of your In Case of Emergency information, here are some additional resources to help you prepare for the unexpected.
- Here’s an Important Documents Checklist to ensure you have critical documents safely stored in the event of a burglary or fire.
- This Emergency Preparedness Kit Packing List covers items that will help you navigate some of the most common emergencies.
- This article on preparing for a natural disaster from Navy Federal Credit Union is a quick read but full of great advice.
If you want to be completely prepared for anything life tosses at you, consider putting together an In Case of Emergency Binder and a Household Inventory.