Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Information is the Difference Between an Emergency and a Crisis

Last week I challenged you to evacuate your home...mentally at least.  I don't know how many of you did it, but it is a good exercise.  Most of us don't think about what we need to take until it is a crisis.

Today I want to issue a different challenge.  I want you to imagine a serious car accident.  Upfront I will tell you your family will be fine, but at least one adult (Mom) and one child are in the hospital in serious condition.

I know this may seem like a grizzly scenario, but I need you to think about this.  Mom is the keeper of a lot of information so if she is out of commission you need to know how to step up.

Do you have the following information:

  • Medical Contacts for Adults and Children
  • Allergies to Medications
  • Medical Insurance Contacts
  • Auto Insurance Contacts
  • School Contacts
  • Medical Histories
  • Contact Information for Family and Friends
  • Financial Contacts
  • Living Will
  • Power of Attorney
  • Medical Power of Attorney
  • Custody Papers (if applicable)
  • Employer Contacts
  • Work Benefit Contacts
There is a lot of information needed in this type of emergency.  Decisions will be made quickly and if you don't have the correct information you will be forced to go find it instead of spending time with your loved ones.

If you received a call to head to the hospital would you have this information ready to go?  Would you be ready to take care of the situation?

As I said, I know this is a grizzly scenario but it is one we must all consider.  If you are the mom do you realize how much you know that your family is unaware of?  Documenting this type of information can mean the difference between an emergency and a crisis.

Of course I know a product that can help with this...but really it is up to you to do something about it.  Educate your family, make sure they know the information they need, and write it down for later use.

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