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THE EMERGENCY LIST
Posted March 29th, 2008 - 12:27 pm from Athens, Greece
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Posted March 30th, 2008 - 10:31 am from Antwerp, Belgium
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Posted March 30th, 2008 - 11:45 pm by from Alexandria, United States (Permalink)
thank you!
I've got some work to do and will get right on it...great template

Posted March 31st, 2008 - 10:54 pm by from Furtwangen im Schwarzwald, Germany (Permalink)
wow, exactly what im looking for!
A start for my city wiki
thanks!

Posted April 1st, 2008 - 7:43 pm by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
Great! We will also update this info into the Wiki for Barcelona.

Thx,
J

Posted April 5th, 2008 - 8:40 pm from Athens, Greece
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Posted May 13th, 2008 - 9:37 am from Arnhem, Netherlands
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Posted May 13th, 2008 - 1:52 pm by from Donegal, Ireland (Republic of) (Permalink)
Just a thought but I have emergency contact details for hostels,cops and hospitals in my local area on my couch discription.
Its handy for folk still trying to get to grips with the website I reckon. And it certainly can't hurt.

:)
Peace

Posted May 14th, 2008 - 9:31 pm by from Montreal, Canada (Permalink)
Good idea.. Just flagged the post.

Posted July 14th, 2008 - 4:15 pm from Southampton, England
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Posted July 16th, 2008 - 11:17 am by from Toronto, Canada (Permalink)
Dear Hobbit,

Thank you so much for compiling the list! In the Toronto group, we are working on it already.

However, there were some comments saying that this is not a true "emergency list" since most of the situations are non-emergency. If one is in an emergency, one should call 9111. The police department of our city makes this distinction. Since the list is for people that may not speak much English, then it may be important to make it too...otherwise they would browse through it when they are in a real emergency and not find the answers they need.

Here is a post where this is explored (the comments I mean are at the end).

http://www.couchsurfing.com/group_read.html?gid=437&post=1264823

Maria



Posted July 16th, 2008 - 8:42 pm by from Culiacan Rosales, Mexico (Permalink)
I just added the emergency contact number at the beginning of nearly every sub category...and started the list with

"The information on this page is meant to assist you. It is incomplete and by no means replaces your own research, but should you find yourself in an emergency situation we hope it helps.

For ANY EMERGENCY please dial: 119 OR 1339

For translation services try the tourist help line 1330(from a land line from a cell phone its your area code+1330) or the BBB Interpretation Services: 1588-5644"

Posted July 29th, 2009 - 12:14 pm by from Montreal, Canada (Permalink)
*Bump!*

Does your city/country CS wiki page contain Emergency Information? Is there a link to that page from your city/country group?

Is the information up-to-date?

Thanks for your contribution!

Posted January 11th, 2010 - 4:26 am by from San Pablo, Costa Rica (Permalink)
I think this is something important so I am bringing the thread back.

Posted January 11th, 2010 - 11:02 am from Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia
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Posted January 11th, 2010 - 11:12 am by from Zurich, Switzerland (Permalink)
Michel,

I think you are right that people usually do not turn to the internet, and less likely to a difficult to find wiki page, for advice.

That said, they *are* useful. As a location to keep this information up-to-date and combined. However, members should print those documents out (or store on a hand-held computer) and keep them with themselves at all times.

I would not point to so-called "trusted members", but to officials only (police, hospital, hotel, ambassy, ...).

Wicher

Posted January 11th, 2010 - 2:00 pm by from San Pablo, Costa Rica (Permalink)
Yeah, I see the importance of an Emergency List really clear:

Provide as much Information about safety as possible.

If you can do something to make people's travels a little bit safer, it is for me very important.

Posted January 11th, 2010 - 2:51 pm from Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia
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Posted January 12th, 2010 - 11:53 am from Redon, France
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Posted January 12th, 2010 - 6:14 pm from Quebec, Canada
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Posted January 29th, 2010 - 2:06 pm from Athens, Greece
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Posted January 29th, 2010 - 3:13 pm by from San Pablo, Costa Rica (Permalink)
Exactly, as K points, local communities are NOT obliged to have such list; but if it can be helpful for someone, the effort seems to be worthy enough.

Posted January 29th, 2010 - 4:30 pm from Rendsburg, Germany
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Posted January 29th, 2010 - 4:40 pm by from Zurich, Switzerland (Permalink)
If we want to be serious about the emergency list, the first thing to do is make it reachable for members.

One way to do this is to provide a service where a member can request detailed information about the city they are traveling to. This could be available as a link when doing a couchrequest. But maybe better is when they have already established a connection and found a couch, and they get an amail from @couchsurfing.com with that information a few days prior to their stay. Optionally, we could think of an opt-out for this.

This detailed information contains not only the emergency contact (which is one of the vital parts), but could also feature
- the current local ambassadors
- the country ambassador
- tips about the city

Basically it adds what many CS wiki pages already contain.

This can be written by the members of that city. If the city info is not available (i.e. no city members have written that info, it could send the country info instead).

Cheers
Wicher

Posted January 29th, 2010 - 4:42 pm by from Zurich, Switzerland (Permalink)
Of course, we are talking about an implementation here, probably drafted by MDST and the community, and implemented by the Tech team. With their current workload and speed, that may take a while before it would see the light of day, or night.

Anyway, just coining up an idea here.

=)