Does your family have an emergency ID card in emergency bags or in school backpacks? Download these free printables to include in all of your emergency bags!

In the event of an emergency when you are not readily available to your child, do they have anything that they carry that lets rescue workers. Do they know anything about them at all? Sure, the child has a medical condition that may affect her treatment. He/she should be wearing a medical alert in the form of a bracelet or necklace. What about other identifying information such as your contact info, and their physical attributes. Be sure that the information really does belong to them? Or what about a card that you have to hand to a rescue worker when looking for your child during an emergency?

I’ve talked before about including photos in your emergency bags, but we’re going to take it one step further today.

How Can You Use Emergency ID Cards?

Consider This Scenario:

There was a tornado in your city and your child is at a rescue site, hanging on only to his backpack. He’s uncommunicative. His teacher is with other kids that also need help. But, your son still has his backpack. The rescuers dig through and find the printed. Laminate the emergency ID card that you’ve put into the emergency supplies that he carries all the time. With it, they can make sure that he is the child who belongs to the information on the card not only by the description but by the photo. They can see his allergies and know that he is allergic to penicillin and that his blood type is A+. And shows that he has no other known medical complications.

So, they can be one step closer to treating him on the spot, effectively, because they have that information. They also have your contact information so that you can be called quickly.

What About This One?

You are at a local amusement park and are separated from your young child. Even though you know that you’ve taught them to find the nearest park employee and wait, you still have to be proactive in getting help. Instead of trying to describe your child. Or showing them a photo on your cell phone that you only have. What if you had one or two of these cards in your day bag that you could hand to attendants to have more people looking out for your child?

None of the above scenarios are meant to spook you, I promise. But to make you think about how they can be helpful. Especially with younger children who don’t have a lot of vocabulary to share full information. Not only are emergency ID cards good for emergencies like this. But they’re good information to have in your

, or into their backpacks and .

A Free Emergency ID Card Printable to Download

If you are handy with a photo editing program like Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, give this a try: