Check out my “hack” at Parent Hacks about storing ICE information for your kids on a USB drive. Here’s some additional food for thought. Two days (seriously) after sending this hack, my husband lost our keys in an Office Max. Actually, he put them down somewhere, and Jenna picked them up and put them who-knows-where, but that’s a completely different story for another time. The trouble is, our ICE USB drive was attached to that key ring. This means that our daughter’s medical info, her picture (cringe), and our address (super-cringe) were all attached to a ring of keys including the key to our house. The USB drive WAS password protected, but I’m sure that anyone with an iota of IT savvy (not me) could hack it.
Keeping her info handy on a key ring that we carry with us seemed like such a great idea. Until we lost it. Now, we’re second-guessing the decision. I still think the USB drive is a fantastic idea for keeping complete medical info together in case of emergency, BUT, should that drive stay at home in a safe place? In the glove box of the car? In the diaper bag? In my purse? Part of the beauty of being on the key ring is that you have it immediately, no matter where you are. It’s also possible for someone to steal or break into all the other options I listed, if you’re talking “worst case scenarios,” and, hopefully, losing your keys is another rare, worst case scenario.
Right now I’m leaning toward keeping the drive on the key ring as before, but maybe buying one of those janitor belt key rings for my husband. What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them.
P.S. We changed our locks in case you’re the one who finds our keys and are the stalker/robber type…..