One of the insight articles on our website, Emergency Phone Numbers Bring Quick Response, has some great examples of why it can be crucial to have these phone numbers easily accessible and to make sure that each family member knows where they are located.
A former employee shared the following experience:
"When I was in junior high school, I was home watching my youngest brother while my mom went to the buss stop to pick up my sister. We lived in a rural area, so it was a bit of a drive to the bus stop. It was always more fun with some company along, so my mom took my four-year-old brother and our dog with her.
After about 20 minutes I started to worry about my mom because she hadn't returned with my brother. A few minutes later, my neighbor called to tell me that my mom had been in an accident.
At the bus stop, she and my brother had gotten out of our Jeep. As they waited, the Jeep began to roll down the hill toward where my brother was playing with our dog.
My mom ran after the Jeep to stop it from rolling down the hill. As she grabbed the steering wheel to hop inside, the door hit her, knocking her under the vehicle. As she fell, she turned the steering wheel, which caused the Jeep to turn into the trees, saving my younger brother.
When I heard this from my neighbor, I was scared and anxious to know if my mom was safe. I knew we had my dad's work number, as well as my grandparents' numbers on our phone list. I was able to contact my grandma and let her know what had happened. Hearing my grandma's voice put me at ease and I knew we would be taken care of.
My dad, a firefighter, was called to the scene of the accident while on duty. Upon arriving at the scene, he learned it was my mom who had been injured. He immediately drove her to the emergency room."
We have an easy-to-use form available here with our suggestions of important numbers to have, as well as spaces for your own numbers. Please take a moment to brainstorm a list of possible people or agencies that you or your children would want to communicate with in a variety of emergencies. Make sure your children know where these phone numbers are listed and regularly review possible situations where you would need to use them.