Re: list of emergency contacts for residents
From: Tom Smyth (
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:10:30 -0800 (PST)
Gather has this built in.

See here for an example:

(Please ignore the nonsensical nature of the data, it's randomly generated.)

Also, a soon-to-be-built feature will be to remind people to update their
profiles periodically so this information stays fresh!

On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 11:27 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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Tom Smyth

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