Estate planning is about the law, your choices, and the possibilities you might one day face. As you begin estate planning it’s common to think about what would happen if you are involved in an emergency or accident. While you can never fully prepare for such a situation, there are some basic precautionary steps you can take that could end up not only being a great benefit, but which might actually one day save your life. One of these is the creation of an ICE card.
An ICE card is a simple, credit card-sized piece of paper that you carry with you at all times. On this paper you include some very basic information, such as your name, date of birth, the emergency contact information for two or three people, your blood type, any allergies you have, and any medications you are currently taking.
The purpose of an ICE card is to notify healthcare workers or first responders of important information. There are some companies that will make an ICE card for you, but you can easily make one yourself.
All you have to do is buy some blank business card sheets that you can find at any office supply store. Use your computer’s word processor to type the relevant information and print it out on one of the cards. You can then laminate that card, either with a laminator machine or, if you don’t have one, a self-laminating sleeve that you can also buy at office supply stores. Once you create the ICE card, keep it with you at all times either in your purse or your wallet.
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