Your Emergency Response Worksheet

Emergency Response Worksheet

In the event of an arrest, these steps will be taken to ensure that your responsibilities and other needs are taken care of.  DO THESE BEFORE YOU GET ARRESTED.

1. Identify a person in your life who has  your back, someone you can trust to take care of business while you’re in jail.  This will be your Emergency Contact Person.   Get their permission to be your ECP and review this worksheet in detail with them.

2.  Memorize your Emergency Contact Person’s (ECP) phone number. In jail, they may only allow one call, usually to a land line. If your ECP doesn’t have a land line, find someone who does and who is willing to call your ECP in the event of arrest.   If you have a lawyer and meet with them prior to arrest, you can also put this information on file and then call the lawyer’s land line and have them get in touch with your ECP.

Emergency contact person: _________________________
Phone: _______________ Email:   ______________________

List children/pets:
Circle one                       NAME
Child  Pet  Other  ______________________________________________
Child  Pet  Other  ______________________________________________                                                                                                                                                                                        Child  Pet  Other  ______________________________________________
(Use back of this sheet if more space is needed)

3.    List an emergency care person for each child/pet and their contact info if different from Emergency Contact Person. Your ECP will contact each care person and they will carry out your instructions.

4.  If you have children, create a daily schedule on a separate sheet of paper. Keep this schedule updated each semester to reflect school/activity changes. Make sure the emergency contact as well as the emergency care people have this information in advance. You may also want to have a pet feeding/walking schedule.

5.  Have a plan for what you will tell your friends/ lovers/ family/ children/ school/ job/ etc.  if an arrest occurs.   Let your ECP know the story in the event they interact with kids, etc.

This is who you can call

Name____________ Relation_________ Number_________________
What to tell them___________________________________________
Name____________ Relation_________ Number_________________
What to tell them___________________________________________
Name____________ Relation_________ Number_________________
What to tell them____________________________________________

This is who you SHOULD NOT CALL

Name____________ Relation__________ Reason_________________
Name____________ Relation__________ Reason_________________

6. Put aside money to live off of in case an arrest prohibits you from working for a while. It would also be a good idea to have money set aside for a lawyer, but just in case you don’t:

Who to call for money

Name____________ Relation__________ Number________________
Name____________ Relation__________ Number________________

7.  Decide if you want community/court support. If yes, join the phone/email tree and give a copy of the list to your Emergency Contact Person. Contact SWOP-USA at 1-877-776-2004 for support.

8. Keep this and all other material/information in a safe place where you do not work.  DO NOT KEEP ANY EMERGENCY RESPONSE MATERIAL WHERE YOU WORK!

9.   Make sure you emergency response person has a KEY to your house.

10.   Above all, make sure you KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!!!!

(Courtesy of SWOP-Chicago; Revised 2013)

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