The world-famous Peter Shankman has an excellent piece on choosing emergency contacts. I’ve had it marked to blog about for some time, but haven’t gotten around to it for a variety of reasons. However, because of our power outage (now resolved, no particular thanks to Palo Alto’s utilities) I’ve been thinking more about emergency preparedness and planning for work. One immediate need: we need a a good system to get in touch with our employees in case of an emergency or disaster. Thinking about that reminded me of Peter’s article, which is why I’m finally posting it now.
Executive summary: your emergency contact should be someone who can handle the bad news, not necessarily your spouse or parents. Read the whole thing; it’s short and worth your time. Then go update your emergency contact information (including the ICE record on your mobile device).