Hey everyone, great to be back again. This issue’s article comes from a very recent personal experience. Recently, someone very close to me passed away in a motorcycle accident. I got the call from a detective shortly after the accident to try and find out immediate family contact information. I know I had nothing in my phone, so I made a few frantic calls trying to find some help, to no avail. It took the detectives/hospital until the following morning before they were able to get ahold of a family member.
We all think we know each other so well as people that ride, by the road names we have, by the type of bike we ride, etc…but in truth, unless you’ve taken the time to really talk to the people you ride with, hang out with, I’ll guarantee you probably can’t supply any kind of personal information in case of an emergency.
Smart phones these days are amazing. Personally I have an IPhone and there is an app called, Health. You can put in all of your medical information, as well as numerous emergency contacts. Should something happen, emergency personnel will be able to get into your phone and immediately see your emergency contacts.
Please, make sure that you keep a list of emergency contacts, not only in your phone, but on the bike with your insurance and registration. Give them to the people that you are closest to when you ride.
We are a community, a family…take the time to ensure that, in case of an emergency, your family can be notified in a timely manner. It could make all the difference in the world.
Ride safe, keep the rubber side down, and make sure to tell your family and friends you love them.
Arlene Hayes “AK”
American Legion Post 2 – American Legion Riders, Post 2