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Preparations To Make In Case Of A Medical Emergency

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While emergencies can happen to anyone, you may be more vulnerable to emergencies because of your health history. It is suggested that you take a few minutes to prepare "just in case."  You do not have to take all these steps at once. Perhaps do one a day. It is helpful to give yourself a deadline. 

If it would be useful, the Survivorship A to Z prioritizer can help keep track of the steps you want to take. You can then number them in order of priority. A push of a button will change the order of the list to your priority. 


  • The types of emergency care available near your home, where you work, and any other place in which you spend substantial amounts of time. Learn when to go to which resource - for instance, emergency rooms or urgent care facilities. While you're at it, learn how to maximize your time in an Emergency Room.  
  • Consider carrying:
    • An alert that will let first emergency responders know about your medical condition in case you become unable to communicate.
    • Easily identifiable indicia that you do not want to be brought back to life (resuscitated) if your heart stops – if that is the case. 
  • The financial and legal steps to take now so you are prepared in the event of a medical emergency. See: Medical Emergency: How To Be Prepared.
  • If you live in a disaster prone area, how to get through a disaster. See 
  • How to prepare for medical emergencies that may come up during travel. For information, see Travel 101
  • What to do if you have underage children and cannot care for them because of a medical emergency. See: Children 101

NOTE: While speaking about emergencies, be sure your property and pocket book are protected in the event of a loss with Homeowners Insurance and Automobile Insurance

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