Re: list of emergency contacts for residents
From: Kathy Tymoczko (
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:15:58 -0800 (PST)
We have a directory page on our internal website, with name, apartment
number, phone numbers, car description and license number (since all our
parking is on the street, this can be useful), and emergency contact
information.  People are responsible for maintaining their own information,
and occasionally our Emergency Preparedness Team will remind people to
update it.

On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 8:27 AM, Katie Henry <katie-henry [at]> wrote:

> > Seeking advice on how best to initiate and maintain a list of >
> emergency contacts for residents
> This is really, really important, as we found out in my former community
> when someone died and we had to contact his family. We did have a good list
> and we were able to give the police the contact info. It would have been
> very difficult otherwise.
> Some people were reluctant to give out their emergency contact info. In a
> couple cases, I think it was because their contact was someone else in the
> community and they didn't want everyone knowing the seriousness of their
> relationship. So we made it clear that the information would be kept
> confidential. We put a person known for discretion in charge of collecting
> the info and maintaining the file. We announced to the community that a
> printed copy of the list would be kept in a sealed envelope in a locked
> supply closet that was accessible to only a handful of residents with the
> right key. This provided a good mix of security and immediate availability.
> If you leave the list on someone's computer, chances are good that person
> will be at work or out of town when you need it.
> Katie Henry
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Kathy Tymoczko
Daybreak Cohousing <>
Portland, Oregon

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