Handy phone numbers

One in five Americans has a mobile phone. Although cell phones are a great way to store your emergency phone numbers, it is important to have a hard copy prominently placed in your home for you and your children should you not have use of your mobile phone. Your refrigerator door, office bulletin board, or another frequently used access point are great places to have a list of phone numbers, including the local fire department, police, urgent care, ER, and poison control. If you don’t have a land line, prepare for the possibility of a cell phone not being available in an emergency and plan on going to a trusted neighbor’s home to call or having a stored pay-as-you-go cell phone in a convenient place in your home.