Not one of us can predict when we or a loved one will find ourselves in an emergency situation or suffer an injury that leaves us unable to communicate. The 911 Contact Card can help speak for us in these situations. Emergencies can occur at anytime, anywhere, to anyone. This unpredictability should make us seriously think about whether or not we are carrying an emergency contact card.
Take a minute to ask yourself these questions as if you were in an emergency.
If your answer is NO, please read on. You may find the 911 Contact Card is something you will want to start carrying right away.
Typically, we use our emergency contact names and phone numbers to fill out medical forms, file with schools and employers or keep on the refrigerator "just in case". Ensure that you and your family are ready for these "just in case" situations by making those contacts available for first responders or medical personnel. From children to the elderly and everyone in between, the 911 Contact Card is for everyone.
We sincerely hope that you or members of your family never find yourselves in these situations, and believe the stats below will help illustrate the need for carrying one of our 911 Contact Cards. While these statistics focus primarily on older adults and teens, the risk of any of these situations applies to all of us, no matter what age.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Injury Prevention and Control, has reported the statistics below regarding auto accidents with teen and older adult drivers. (Excerpts from the CDC)
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. In 2010, seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
Older Adult Drivers:
In 2009, there were 33 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in the United States. Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent. But the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age.