A presentation by an emergency responder taught me they need our help. He recommended we keep a list of medications and contact numbers stuck to the refrigerator door with a magnet.
I did this and added a copy of my living will. I hope the gaudy turtle magnet catches their eye.
When I am out I have a special compartment in my purse that holds emergency information.
# 1 (green paper) is a list of phone numbers I need.
# 2 is a copy of my living will that includes contact
information for my brother who has the power of attorney for my health care.
# 3 is a list of my medications. My mother was wrong. Contact information, a living will, and a list of medications are more important than having clean underwear when visiting an emergency room.
# 4 is a gel pen that is one of the writing aids I cannot live without. I use this pen to sign credit card slips and write notes on a small index card I keep in this compartment.