Compiling information for your ICE card and emergency plan

Are you prepared for emergencies? Natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents, house fires and healthcare emergencies can occur unexpectedly. If you aren’t prepared, it’s more challenging to navigate the aftermath of an emergency. The ER doctors at Regional Medical Center of San Jose encourage our fellow Californians to be prepared with family emergency plans and ICE cards.

Making ICE cards
In case of emergency, or ICE cards are wallet-size documents that everyone can carry with them. You can order a pack of cards, print them from preparedness websites or simply design your own. Every ICE card should have the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Blood type
  • Allergies
  • Medical conditions
  • Medications
  • Emergency contact name and number
  • Doctor name and number

ICE cards for minor children should also have the names and numbers of the parents.

Updating ICE cards
It’s important to keep your family’s ICE cards up to date. Any time a family member is diagnosed with a new medical condition or is prescribed a new medication, you should add this information to his or her ICE card.

Creating emergency plans
Would your loved ones know what to do if a disaster struck? Emergencies don’t always happen when a family is together in one place. Each family member should know how to get in touch with each other and where to go in the event of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake.

If someone in your family has a disability, special preparedness steps should be taken. Consider talking to the family physician about what your loved one would need in the event of a major emergency . For instance, if a loved one is using durable medical equipment that requires electricity, you’ll need to know what to do if there is an extended power outage.

Write down your family’s emergency plan and make sure everyone knows what to do.

For all of life’s healthcare challenges, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here for you. Our doctors and nurses are highly trained, compassionate individuals who care for patients as if they were family. Call 911 for emergency care in San Jose, or call a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881 for general healthcare questions.

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