Make the Ultimate Emergency Contact List

When you are buying your first home, you have a lot on your mind, ranging from closing costs to move-in dates. Things can get hectic; there is no doubt about it. But there is one (not-so) little thing you might overlook: making an emergency contact list.

Important but easy to forget, this list is something every first responder will tell you to make – and for a good reason. In an emergency, time is of the essence. Creating an ultimate emergency contact list and pinning it to your fridge can literally become a lifesaver. We also suggest as an added step, keeping all of these numbers saved by their proper names on your cellphone, and as a PDF, you can quickly open and reference.

911, the local fire department, poison control, the sheriff’s department or police department, and state highway patrol are all obvious inclusions in the list. However, there are a few not-so-obvious numbers to consider adding before you even make your move.

Write a List for Home-related Emergencies

While looking for Fernandina Beach home listings, think of all the home-related emergency contact details that you might need in the future. You will need to know who to call if a water main breaks or if you suspect a gas leak. Add the names and numbers for the following:

  • Electric company
  • Gas company
  • Water company
  • Telephone/TV/Internet provider
  • Home security company
  • Heating and A/C repair company
  • Homeowners’ association
  • Homeowner insurance company (you will also need your policy number)
  • Home warranty company (again, a policy number will be needed)
  • Septic tank services
  • Locksmith

That’s a pretty long list, right? And, for the most part, you will not have much need for all that information. When the need does arise, though, quickly contacting a company can save money and, quite possibly, your life.

Emergency contacts are necessary as a list and on your computer

List Your Non-Emergency Services and Individuals

Living in a rental unit? You should have your landlord’s contact info on hand. Even if something small comes up (such as a piece of linoleum coming off the floor), contact them straight away so that the problem is at least brought to their attention.

Also, it cannot hurt to have the contact info for a nearby neighbor on your list. If, say, you are out enjoying the Amelia Island beaches and your glass break sensor sends an alert to your phone, you can call that neighbor and ask them to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. If your home was, in fact, being broken into, having an eyewitness might help your case.

List Family Members’ Contact Info and Designate an Outside Meeting Spot

Make a list of everyone living in the household with you, and have all of their phone numbers, e-mails, company names, addresses, and next of kin contact info. Include the names of their primary care physicians and specialists, as well as the policy numbers and contact info for health care providers. List their medications and supplements, as well as any allergies.

Then, make a separate list giving the contact info for any schools attended, caregivers, a veterinary clinic, pharmacy, and urgent care clinic or emergency room/hospital.

We recommend designating a meeting spot a safe distance from the house in case of an emergency, as well as a clear exit plan in case of fire or other natural disasters.  

Okay, this probably seems like quite a lot to take in at once. But gradually building your emergency contact list up before you move in, and placing it in plain sight after the move will give you peace of mind. Have everyone take a picture of it and save it to their phones. Doing this can save you time while sifting through other valuable home buying resources.