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More About Me Emergency Information Kit
by the Paranoid Sisters
A friend shared with us the tragic account of a woman who died as the
result of a car accident while her four children, including an eight-
month-old nursing infant, survived. The father could not be immediately
located and the children were taken to the police station. When the
infant, who had to this date only received nourishment from her
motherís breast, could not be consoled, the children were taken to the
hospital where a family friend was waiting by the dying motherís
bedside. Fortunately, this friend had a nursing infant about the same
age as the baby and was able to provide nourishment to the little one.
This hardly seems imaginable and itís very saddening.
It brings to light however, what should emergency workers do, if you
were to be seriously injured to the point that you canít talk?
Two Minnesota moms are doing their part to help emergency workers notify
family members faster in the event of an emergency. Michelle Mix and
Kris Salley created the "More About Me" Emergency Information Kit. The
pouch contains an emergency information card with telephone numbers,
name, address, age and vital medical information. It attaches to car
seats, seat belts and belts with Velcro. The moms created the kit last
August after Salley was injured during a head-on collision and had to
fight to maintain consciousness so she could calm her five-year old
daughter and give necessary information to emergency workers. Not all
accident victims are as lucky as she was.
Mix and Salley were saddened by a news story about a toddler police
could not identify because the woman he was with Ė his nanny Ė had
been killed in an accident. He was identified hours later when a nurse
happened to recognize him.
Not only do car accidents pose a risk, (being the Paranoid Sisters that
we are), what about school field trips or just when youíre taking the
kids on a bike ride or a walk to the park. Most parents (especially
mothers) do not carry their identification with them in these cases.
The kit is small enough to slip into a lunch box or attach to the
stroller. Mix and Salley have spoken with national experts regarding
the dangers of stranger abduction and have been assured that the kits
are a really safe way for the child to be identified as the information
is "safely contained," says Mix. One mother who purchased the kit for
her son included his first name and city, and all other medical
information and telephone numbers, "Itís enough information to keep
him safe but not too much for a stranger to see." Regardless, the kit
does not say the childís name on the outside; it is only identified as
the "More About Me" Emergency Information Kit.
The partners have been notifying fire departments in the counties where
the kits have been ordered so that rescue crews will know what they are
at an accident scene. The pouches have been met with great enthusiasm
by medical and fire personnel in Mixís home state. Mix relays that many
times non-emergency personnel are the first ones at a crash site, the
person calling in for emergency assistance can read the pertinent
information right off the card. This can give emergency personnel a
head start by allowing EMTís and paramedics to prepare to treat the
individual in route to the accident scene.
Not only can children benefit, Mix heard from the family of an elderly
man who had been wearing his kit due to a heart condition. He had a
heart attack and the EMTís instantly had all of his information and
were able to treat his specific needs as well as contact his doctor.
One of the biggest challenges Mix says they encounter is getting parents
to understand how truly important this information is and that in an
emergency it could save them or their childís life. We agree with
Mixís statement on this account. As safety advocates and authors of
safety related materials, it is amazing how many parents pass up
information or products that really could affect their childrenís well
The kit is $9.95 + shipping & handling ($3.50 for up to 15 kits). You
can order the kit by sending a check to More About Me, 509 Underwood
Lane, St. Michael, MN, 55376 or by telephone at (888) 860-0205 (call for