Emergency Stuff

Some are probably tired of seeing this information. Some hopefully will see it for the first time. I have written about this numerous times in the past. I think part of the problem is that the people that really need this information, do not read these articles. So, perhaps if YOU are reading this you can forward the information to someone that you think might need it! Anyway, once again, let’s review some basic emergency information for the area, important things for folks to take care of.
For the love of everything, please have your important information in a safe place in your home. Now, having done that, if no one knows where to look for it, renders it useless. Find a person of confidence, a close friend and let them know where it is and how to access it! Include in this information: A copy of your passport, emergency contact information for family in your home country and include complete names, relationships, phone number, email and physical address. A copy of your escritura if you are a homeowner. If you have pets, instructions as to who will take them. A will if you have one. A copy of your insurance card (front and back). A list of medications taken and dosages.
Banking information: All bank accounts have a ‘beneficiary’ on the account. The beneficiary on your account should be included (all contact information) in the ‘important information’ file. If you are in a hospital and need access to funds but if you are not able to do this due to a medical condition, then this beneficiary can take care of this. No one else.
Register online with your consulate!
Canadians: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration
US Citizens: https://step.state.gov/step/
If someone dies here and has no family members, anywhere at all or does not want family members involved, then there must be a notarized affidavit made prior appointing a ‘person of confidence’ to handle disposition of remains. I have this form if anyone needs it.
Make sure that a trusted friend has access to your home. Some condos ask that owners provide door keys; if you are incapacitated, it’s important that someone can enter to assist you! If you live alone, make a pact with a friend to check on each other regularly.
If you live in a gated community, condominium complex, if you call an ambulance (or someone calls one for you) they are going to have to go via your security guard to get in. Make sure the security guards know and allow them in!
Know how to give your address with cross street in Spanish for Emergency Services (they will most likely not speak English). Keep in a handy location so that if you have an emergency and need to call police/ambulance/etc. you can read it. If you live in a condo – include where the entrance is and where your condo is!
As much as we don’t want to hear it, medical emergencies and deaths do happen. Being prepared ahead of time is very important!
Here’s to a knock out week!

Pamela Thompson on Email
HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta is a multi-faceted, independent, resource network that is here for your TOTAL health and well-being. We offer English-speaking assistance to help find a physician, hospital and/or diagnostic service for any healthcare needs. As well, we are here to answer any health-related questions that you might have in relation to the Puerto Vallarta area.