Property Owners: Make sure you provide a list of emergency numbers like Poison Control, Fire and local hospitals. Also add to this list local urgent care facilities, pharmacies or other local tips. Laminate this information and have it on the refrigerator door.
Traveler – Health Cards: Use your phone and take a photo of your health cards for backup just in case. Also have a printout of your and all your family member cards that you leave in a centralized place at home that can be easily reach if needed.
Urgent Care Directories: www.besturgentcaredirectory.com or www.findurgentcare.com are two national directories to help you out.
Dr Questions: www.webmd.com, www.askthedoctor.com, www.diagnose-me.com
Healthcare Apps: Medscape, iTriage, WebMD, Urgent Care
911 Cell Phone: When you call 911 from a cell phone, the call often lands in a regional center. A call-taker in a far-away city or county may answer your call. To get help to you, there are two pieces of information the call-taker needs to know immediately:
- Tell the call-taker which city you’re calling from.
- Tell the call-taker what type of emergency you have.
911 VOIP Phone: When you call 911 from a traditional telephone, the call in most cases is sent to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) that is responsible for helping people in a particular geographic area or community. PSAP personnel often can automatically identify your location and direct the closest emergency personnel to that location. They also often can automatically identify your telephone number so that they can call you back if you are disconnected. Since VoIP service works differently from traditional phone service, consumers who use it should be aware that VoIP 911 service may also work differently from traditional 911 service. VoIP service providers, in response to FCC action, are making progress in eliminating these differences, but some of the possible differences include:
- VoIP 911 calls may not connect to the PSAP, or may improperly ring to the administrative line of the PSAP, which may not be staffed after hours, or by trained 911 operators;
- VoIP 911 calls may correctly connect to the PSAP, but not automatically transmit the user’s phone number and/or location information;
- VoIP customers may need to provide location or other information to their VoIP providers, and update this information if they change locations, for their VoIP 911 service to function properly;
- VoIP service may not work during a power outage, or when the Internet connection fails or becomes overloaded.
These are just a few ideas I was thinking about – Do you have any other great ideas that can keep us all healthy when we travel?