Planning for a medical emergency is not something anyone wants to think about–however, being prepared when the worst happens can save precious minutes and may even save a life.

Medical emergencies can be scary, but they don’t have to be. By preparing for the worst case scenario, you will feel more prepared and confident if something ever happens. Read below for four ways to prepare yourself in the event of a medical emergency.

1. Keep your important personal information on hand at all times.

In order to avoid confusion during an emergency situation, it is imperative that you keep all of your important documents with you at all times – including any prescription medications or other items that may not be available during an emergency. This includes copies of health insurance cards, social security card, birth certificate and passport as well as copies of bank statements and contact information for family members who could help support you should anything happen. Do not forget about pets!

With Urgently Health, you can store your medical information on the app, including emergency contacts, insurance information, and a list of medications, and it will all be available with just a few touches in a moment of medical crisis.

2. Know your medications and have a plan in place for their use.

If you suffer with any chronic conditions, it is imperative that you know how to handle each medication with care. For example, if you take insulin, always know how much you have left and always be sure to bring your medication with you wherever you go. Under the “Medical Information” section of your profile on the app, you can fill in your medical history and put any medications you’re taking in the notes, and that way you can easily find that information when a doctor asks for it.

3. Have a working phone with a backup battery.

In an emergency situation, a working phone with access to a charger is imperative. Not only will this allow you to dial 911 from wherever you are, but if you have already filled out your profile on Urgently Health, you will be able to use that information to help with filling out medical forms and tracking your medical history. In addition, if the situation is not a true medical emergency and you simply need urgent care, Urgently Health can help you find the closest facility near you and complete your paperwork before arrival.

4. Be prepared to be on your own for a few days.

In the event of a serious medical emergency, the hospital staff will most likely need to keep you for a few days. This means that if you have not already done so, it is important to have a bag packed with enough clothes and toiletries to last at least three days. This bag should have enough clothes and medicine to last at least 72 hours. In addition, pack some snacks and any other items that you think will make your stay more comfortable.

Having the Urgently Health app on your phone means you’ll never be truly alone in a time of medical crisis! Download the app today to take the stress out of finding urgent medical care.