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What should be on an emergency phone list?

The list should include important emergency phone numbers, any known allergies (especially to any medication), medical conditions, medications taken by family members and insurance information for all members of the family. Make sure that anyone who comes to the house to watch your children (babysitters or relatives, for example) familiarizes himself or herself with the list. If a babysitter takes the children out, make sure he or she also carries the list of numbers.

An emergency contact list should include phone numbers for:
  • Emergency medical services: In most places, this is 911, but your community may have its own number.
  • Poison control center
  • Hospital emergency room
  • Fire department
  • Police department
  • Pharmacy
  • Child’s doctor
  • Parents’ work
  • Parents’ cell phone and/or pager
  • Neighbors and/or relatives

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