It’s a good idea to have emergency information posted where anyone in your home can access it. If you don’t have an emergency contact sheet up yet, you have no more excuses.
I’ve created a template for an emergency contact sheet just for our blog readers. You can download it in MS Word and customize it yourself. Or you can print out the PDF version and write in the information by hand.
MS Word emergency contact template (download, edit, then print)
Download the editable emergency contact sheet in Word
I’ve set up tables in a Word document with spaces for you to add info for up to 4 children and all kinds of other information that may be helpful in an emergency. Just download the template and change headings, columns, etc., to customize your emergency contact information for your family.
For example, if you only have one child but also have pets, you can add a header for Pets and include veterinarian information.
You can also add more rows for information about each child if you want to include instructions about feeding and allergies, sleep schedules, etc. for caregivers.
And you may also prefer to download and type in the information just because it looks prettier than pen and ink.
Note: I’ve created the emergency contact template in MS Word 2007. If you’re using an older version or different word processing software, it may skew the formatting. Go for the PDF in that case.
Formatted PDF for printing (download, print and fill out by hand)
Download the emergency contact sheet in PDF
This version of the emergency contact information sheet is for printing and then filling in by hand. It will retain its original formatting, but you won’t be able to edit it on your computer (unless you use more advanced software than Adobe Reader to access it).
How to use the emergency contact templates
When you click the link above for the template you want, the PDF or MS Word document should open. You can then save it to your computer so you can update information as often needed.
To save the file, look for the save function within the program you used. If you chose the PDF, then Adobe Reader should have an option in the top left to “save a copy”. For Word, look under the the menu heading “file” and select “save as”.
You can then choose where to save your emergency contact template and what to call it.
Once it’s saved on your computer, you can edit or print it, and it should be there for you next time you want to update it. (And of course you can always come back here and get it again!)
Don’t wait another minute
Relatives who watch your child may not be able to recite your address when they’re panicking on the phone with 911. And you may also find it handy to have numbers like poison control and your local fire department on hand, too.
Post your emergency contact sheet on your fridge, next to your phone, wherever someone might look to find critical information. You can also carry a copy in your purse and even give one to your child’s daycare or school. You just never know when it might make the difference needed to get emergency care quickly.