Staying Prepared: How to Establish Emergency Contacts on Your Smart Devices and with the PA Department of Transportation

Emergency contacts in Pennsylvania.



11/3/20231 min read

In today's fast-paced world, where uncertainties loom at every corner, establishing emergency contacts is a crucial step in ensuring your safety and the well-being of your loved ones. This guide explains how to set up emergency contacts on various platforms, including iPhones, Android devices, and with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

Setting Up on iPhone:

1. Open the Health app and tap on your profile picture.

2. Tap on "Medical ID" and then “Edit”.

3. Scroll to "Emergency Contacts" and tap the "+" button to add a contact.

4. Select a contact from your list and specify their relationship to you.

5. Save your changes. These contacts will be accessible from the lock screen under "Emergency".

Setting Up on Android:

1. Open the "Contacts" app and select your own profile.

2. Tap on "Add another field" and select "Emergency contacts".

3. Choose a contact from your list and save the changes.

4. These contacts can be accessed even from a locked screen, ensuring quick help in emergencies.

PennDOT Emergency Contact Information:

In Pennsylvania, you can also add emergency contacts to your driver's license record, accessible by law enforcement during emergencies.

1. Visit the PennDOT website and log into your account, or create one if necessary.

2. Select the option to add emergency contacts to your driver’s license record.

3. Enter the details of your emergency contacts and save your changes.

The Importance:

Having emergency contacts readily available can be life-saving in critical situations. For instance, if you're involved in a car accident and are unable to communicate, first responders can quickly contact your loved ones or make informed medical decisions based on the contacts and medical information provided.

Furthermore, in the case of missing persons, especially in situations involving the elderly or children, having emergency contacts immediately accessible to law enforcement can expedite the search and ensure a quicker and safer resolution.


Establishing emergency contacts on your mobile devices and with PennDOT is a simple yet effective step towards enhancing your personal safety and peace of mind. It ensures that in the event of an emergency, responders have immediate access to your chosen contacts, facilitating swift communication and assistance. Always remember to keep this information updated and inform your emergency contacts about their role. For more detailed guidance and legal advice, feel free to contact Ament Law Group.

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