Heaven forfend that you should ever need this advice. But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say.
Coming out the Boston Marathon bombings, a quick article on what to do/how to prepare for an emergency, especially when you're okay but you have no way of letting loved ones know that.
What if the obvious connections--use your cellphone, post on Facebook--are down? Some thoughtful suggestions for how to get a brief cell or internet connection, and what to do with it if you've got only a few seconds.
Another few easy steps you can take to assure safety:
- Program a number into your cellphone contacts as ICE -- which seems to be fairly well accepted as "in case of emergency." If you're out cold, and someone checks your phone, this will be the "go-to" number for first contact with someone.
- Put together a small ICE card with info on your medical history, go-to numbers, medications, doctor, pharmacy, blood type, medical proxy's name & contact... stuff that can literally save your life. I have mine on a business card. I've printed in small but readable type, run off on my computer to avoid handwriting issues, and "laminated" to the business card with tape. Easy to carry. Tucked into wallet.