dealing with emergencies.

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by JohnTM, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. r-u-n-n-o-f-t

    r-u-n-n-o-f-t Hit by a Train

    May 20, 2007
    Vegas, Baby!
    Which I is one of... :-)

    In the US, for road emergencies, breakdowns, fall overs, etc where you can't just fix it. the motorcycle world's version of AAA... MTS, or Motorcycle Towing Service. They are nation wide, and will come get you, get you home, get you to a garage, whatever it takes and at a reasonable cost.

    when I broke my bike, we called them, and they were right on the spot, picked up me and the bike, ferried me and the bike to the house, and unloaded the bike into the carport for me.

    New membership for me and ratthing was 75 dollars, and worth every penny for just that single incident.

    No, I don't work for them, but they have great service.
  2. ratthing

    ratthing refrigerated cybercanine

    Aug 21, 2005
    Chattanooga, TN
    As a computer geek, I would advise that if you are going to keep your info on an electronic storage device, you use "lowest common denominator" for the info someone will need most (allergies, medical conditions, ICE contacts, insurance company, medjet, etc). LCD in this case is an ASCII text file, as it can be read by pretty much any program--web browser, text editor, MS Word, Linux or Mac OS text editors.

    For the other important stuff, like images of your passport, insurance, etc., a common encryption algorhythm should be used. There are commercial programs, but a common free one is Pretty Good Privacy. Put this program on the key as well--and again, I advise Windows, Linux, and Mac versions. You can give a sealed envelope to your ICE's with the pass phrase so they can provide it if it becomes necessary and you're not conscious.

    I also suggest that you use a USB key rather than an SD card, since not all computers are equipped to handle the SD card. There will still be some computers out there that can't take the USB key, but they will be a smaller group than those not able to read SD cards. You can find USB keychain drives that are as small as SD cards these days, such as the Sony Microvault. I've even seen these at low tech places like Target.

    I also agree with the "fireproof" tag suggestion; electronics, paper and plastic will not survive flames (well, electronic storage might, but data recovery services are not what you call "timely" in an emergency).
  3. PlayersMarkus

    PlayersMarkus Adventurer

    Feb 26, 2006
  4. Detlef in Oz

    Detlef in Oz Been here awhile

    Jun 26, 2007
    Wagga Wagga Australia
    What about this stuff? :rofl
  5. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

    Sep 4, 2004
    Cranberry Country, MA
    I made 3-4 of these for my wife and myself. I laminated them and keep them in my wallet and on the bike.

    Too simple not to make one and carry it.

    Good thread.
  6. comes naturally

    comes naturally renewed hope

    Oct 14, 2005
    SE PA
    :thumb I was looking for something like this!!
  7. Silverduck

    Silverduck Silverduck

    Aug 24, 2007
    Birmingham, Alabama
    My local Petsmart has a machine that makes custom tags. Mine has name, addy, blood type, and emergency call on it. I wear it all the time.
  8. Chains45

    Chains45 Wait.... what?

    Apr 15, 2008
    Frenchtown MT
    I have been a Firefighter/EMT for 20 years, and cannot even guess at the number of fellow riders I have picked up off the highways. When I have an unconscious patient, I have NEVER gone thru pockets looking for info, I am usually too busy removing that clothing as quickly as I can with very sharp scissors. At the very most I might pat pants pockets as they go by to see if I can find a wallet which I usually give to the attending police officer. I have never looked at the helmet to see if there was info, or at their tank bag or zipper pulls. Those are all excellent ideas and I will start checking them.

    BUT - I do ALWAYS check for dog tags and medical bracelets or necklaces, we train new EMTs every year to do that and it must have rubbed off. We are mainly concerned about allergies that may affect our care, but also note doctors names and numbers, and of course a name to put on the report we write. If we find a wife or other family name we may call if we have a chance, but more likely pass it on to the officer on scene or to the hospital.

    I personally think the dog tag ideas to all be excellent. As far as the SD card/thumb drive around the neck, I think that is all excellent too but would be of more use to you in the even you become separated from everything else regardless of why. I might add a list of the contents of your wallet with cc numbers as well as cc company contacts so you can start to cancel the cards, listing contents of a carry-on bag as well as a checked bag when you fly would be good to help with claims.
  9. Jdubb

    Jdubb DL1000, WR250R

    Dec 20, 2007
    Waterloo, Iowa
    I like the ideas and thinking on this. I will be using this idea. I use a medical necklace showing ID, Meds and contact info.

  10. Double0-12

    Double0-12 n00b

    Nov 23, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    I'm heading to Costa Rica with my father on Sunday for an unguided tour via on KTM 690's and am typing our cards up now. Thanks for the great site and info and I'll be back with a full report!:D All advice is welcome.

    I've been lurking for a little while and am new to ADV riding, but not MC's. Tons of good info here!
  11. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

    Oct 25, 2008
    Tumwater Wa
    A 'SPOT' might be a good idea. Can send coordinates and safe (or send help) message at will.
  12. Pedro Navaja

    Pedro Navaja Long timer

    Aug 19, 2008
    1. I carry a memory stick with all critical information as has already been advised above. The documents are scanned.

    2. I carry SPOT mostly for peace of mind for my family.

    3. I have a cell phone with international service.

    4. In my tank bag window I have a sheet of paper with emergency contact data.

    5. I carry a first aid kit that has items in it specifically for motorcycle type crashes.

    6. I wear protective gear.

    I ride for the most part solo. If I am out on a road in the middle of a Mexican desert, isolated, and have lost a leg, I doubt I will be able to crawl to my first adi kit and get my tourniquet, etc. No one is coming for me, and I doubt any of the above items would help if I am alone and isolated.

    Folks if there is not an element of danger in it, then it's not an adventure. Motorcycling in itself has many elements of danger.
  13. lstewart

    lstewart Jus' Sayin'

    Sep 5, 2006
    When in danger, or in doubt. Run in circles, scream and shout!!!


    Just sayin'...
  14. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

    May 2, 2007
    The City that Care Forgot
    carry a medical history form--I have one made if you pm me--and a living will.

    that way, if you are unconscious the medical personnel will have your wishes and your salient info.

    The living will may not carry the complete weight of law, but anyone would certainly consider it; and the history is invaluable.
    I never leave home without it in my tankbag
  15. Dillon@ZenMoto

    Dillon@ZenMoto falls down too much

    Oct 30, 2008
    Scottsdale AZ
    i have found out that a few threaded sewing needles are a great idea to keep in the first aid pack when you have to give yourself or someone else stitches
  16. dbarnes180

    dbarnes180 Been here awhile

    Jun 20, 2008
    Lonoke, AR
    I printed out the Emergency ID Cards , will be going by Pet Smart to make a 'dog tag' for myself and joined the MTS service. Also I use the ICE numbers in my cell.

    Lots and lots of very valuable info in this forum.

    And yes this is my first I am reading at a fevered pitch. To gleam wisdom of experience from this site!

  17. Dfender110

    Dfender110 Been here awhile

    Mar 28, 2008
    Offshore 50% of the time
    Might have already been thought of but I have not seen it

    The company i work for has a 24 Radio Room with between 1-6 dispatchers at any one time.

    a quick visit with a dozen donuts, updated ICE info, and a few kind words got all the info put in my employee file on top.

    I will still do alot of what is on here when I go for my first long ride but now I have a 24hr toll free number that is willing to pass on any info or get in touch with next of kin or whatever.

    Also met a fellow ride while I was there.

    Ride safe
  18. 09Prodigy

    09Prodigy Instigator

    May 5, 2009
    In addition to the great ideas already posted i.e. medical bracelets etc..

    Everyone should carry an Adventure Medical wound closure kit. It comes with an assortment of sutures, syringes and dressing all packed in a waterproof case. I would rather put my trust in a pre packaged suture kit than somethign from middle of nowhere Mexico.

    IN addition I highly reccomend carrying a few single use OR Quick Clot vials. If you take a spill and are bleeding this will stop it immediatly.
  19. PsychoSayWhat

    PsychoSayWhat Been here awhile

    Sep 13, 2008
    not in denial
    Aside from learning this:
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    Does anyone have any good pointers for building an MC-specific first aid kit?
  20. KLRWiley

    KLRWiley Wiley

    Jun 17, 2009
    San Diego, Ca
    Great advice here guys, its to bad its not mandatory to read through this important thread, I can't believe I ever rode without this info around my neck...never again.

    Probably obvious, but consider putting another major language on the other side with the same info, so since im on the us/mexican border, one side with English, one side with Spanish.