Share Your Emergency Contact Info
Many of us are here in the VI alone, or as a couple, separated from our families back in the states. If something happened to you, would your neighbors and friends here know how to contact your family, or vice versa? If this describes you, I have written a template with which to share emergency contact info.
To clarify, you should share this info between your contacts.
Do not post your contact info here!
Dear Friends and Family:
Like many of us, we live far from our families, and if anything ever happened to both (my name) AND (her name), you would not know how to contact our families, nor would they know how to contact you. So here is that contact info. We also encourage you to share your contact info between your neighbors and families if appropriate, in case something ever happens to you.
Please save this info for future reference. We will resend this annually, or as changes occur.
Here are the initial people to be contacted:
(relationship, name, email, phone and location of several contacts; location is so that time zones can be considered when making phone calls)
Our Neighbors and Friends on St. Croix:
(name, email, phone of several contacts)
(name, email, phone of one or two contacts)
Wonderful idea, STXBob. You were smart to think of it.
Let me also add my thanks STXBob. I hadn't really thought about it before, but your idea makes perfect sense. Kim
Thanks STXBob, that is very good advice. I have lived far from my family for many years now, and just a few days ago was talking to my sister about this. How do you go about allowing somebody who is not related to you access to your house, bank account, custody of your pets etc?
There is no need to give anyone your bank account info. You give a good friend or to information on how to contact your family and give your family the location of all your important info. Everyone should have a file with all their acct #, insurance policies, etc in one file for easy access, like for after a hurricane, fire, etc. I keep one physical and one in cyber. As far of pets, again I would arrange that with people you really trust like lonnnnnng time friends and family, just like you would your kids. If you live in a Condo your assoc should (check to make sure it is current) have a current copy of your key and no need to give it out.
Thanks Betty. Material possessions I don't care about, but I need someone to have access to money to take care of my dogs. I would want them shipped back to Europe because they are cold-weather dogs and I run the a/c for them 24/7. I doubt anybody is going to do that, and no, I can't afford it either! I have no family here. You probably all think I'm crazy, but I have seen too much abuse and neglect of animals in recent years.
There is this new thing in the states that is taking off ICE in case of emergency List a next of kin in your cell phone under ice so that a first responder can notify your contact person. Sounds like a good idea. Lizzy