In case of Emergency – Please every AuPair do this!
Nobody wants to get into an accident or any type of emergency but it sometimes happens: a car accident or even a crash of a tour-bus, many things are possible. Please be sure to do the following to be prepared in case of emergency:
Nothing will happen to me…
This is actually what many think. I am a good driver, I am careful, … Sentences like this may be correct but you can never control anyone else. Here are a couple of examples that included AuPairs:
- Four international students dead as bus, duck tour vehicle collide in Seattle (September 25, 2015, this included a heavily injured German AuPair!)
- ‘Traumatised’ au pair’s father in recovery (13 Feb 2015, even when you are travelling with your family)
- Fargo nanny with four children crashes on I-94 (Aug 5, 2015)
- A post from AuPair Mom how to handle accidents
In case of Emergency
Just in case, please make sure to create your medical ID on your phone and also enter “ICE” next to the people in your phone-book who should be contacted.
Nurses and doctors working in public hospital and seeing patients in ED have many patients come in and they have had no way of knowing who they are or how to contact their next of kin. And their phones are locked!
But many people don’t realize that you can set up something called a “Medical ID” on your iPhone if you have the health app (free with phone). This information can be accessed even while the phone is locked by clicking on the emergency options and can display things like name, DOB, emergency contacts, medical conditions and even blood type and donor status. You can even add notes.
It can be managed by clicking on the little “Health” app that comes default on the phone (heart icon and then in the app go to the little star shape with medical ID) and many have never heard of it and it seemed like a social media share kind of moment!
But don’t simply share it-update yours also!!
(I believe android have an app called ICE/in case of emergency that works similarly and if you don’t like apps don’t forget the going to the good old fashioned owner information, enter your emergency contact and “I.c.e” as the owner and tick the “show owner information on lock screen”)
Call to action for all AuPairs and Travelers!
Yes, this means any of you in a foreign country but also in your home country! Everybody should do this! And why AuPairs especially???
You are in a foreign country and in case of an emergency you probably want your host-family as well as your family in your home country contacted!
Enter as much information as possible (but only as little as necessary) including phone numbers, addresses, relationships (e.g. host-family, parent, …), blood type, immunizations, and even more important any type of food, drug!!!, and other allergies. Possibly even your first language for you and your parents…
Apart from entering this information in my cellphone, I actually created a little credit-card sized card with the following information: Name, Allergies, Blood-type, Phone number of my husband (with the information that he is my husband). I laminated the card and carry it in my wallet.
Do you have any additional ideas to be prepared for such emergencies or what information would be helpful?
Have you been in a situation where something like this was helpful?
Share your thoughts and experiences!