An emergency contact list is one of those things you keep ready and updated “just in case”, while hoping you don’t get to use. 

It is basically a list of contact you keep ready for any form of emergency. Especially, medical emergencies. 

Many a times, people tend to overlook the importance of updating  an emergency contact list. Other times, people simply ignore the fact that a situation might arise that would demand other people making decisions over their lives. 

  • In an emergency situation, even the smartest of people may not remember critical phone numbers.

The emergency contact saves the day, at this point. And the beautiful thing about keeping one, is that, anyone can access it, even when the phone is locked. 

Importance of an emergency contact list. 

In a case of medical emergencies, either from the office or every other place, and in a situation where the victim is unable to communicate effectively, the medical personnel in charge may have to contact a family member, and this is where an emergency contact comes in play. 

Emergencies are not relegated to only medical situations, in a situations where you will have to alert security officers or in a case of a fire outbreak, the emergency dial does the magic.

What should be on an emergency contact list.

  1. An emergency contact list should include anyone who you need to  contact, in case of an emergency.  This list shouldn’t be limited to just family members. You can also add contact information of your home, family’s work place and even a trusted colleague, to your emergency contact list.

Role of your emergency contact.

The person on your emergency contact has a very big role to play, and may be responsible to make a life and death decision on your behalf.

This is why before putting up a contact as an emergency contact, you have to make some considerations if this person:

* is able to handle emergencies

* knows your medical history

* will be available when called

* understands you and ready to act on your medical wishes.

An ideal emergency contact is able to efficiently communicate with medical professionals, in case of a medical emergency, about medical histories,  allergies and other health related conditions of a victim.

Updating a list is not wishing and hoping for a fatal emergency situation. It is simply being ready for any fatal emergency, while hoping and praying not to be in a situation where you would need to use your emergency list.

How to add a contact to the emergency list on your device. 

For Android users. 

Go to the settings, go to “user & account”, you’ll see the option “Emergency information”. You can edit however you choose.

Another option is to add the emergency contact directly to the lock screen. 

Open settings.

Tap “security and location”,

Click on the option “screen lock”. It takes you to “screen lock message”.

Here you can add whatever contact you want, and it will show on your screen, whenever your phone is locked. 

For iPhone users. 

Open the health app on your phone. 

Select the “Medical ID” tab, then edit. Make sure you enable the “show when locked” option. 

Fill the necessary fields, after that, tap the “add emergency contact” to create a new contact. 


Quick ways to access the emergency contact. 

Image showing quick ways to access the emergency contact list.

Quick way to access the emergency contact list, for iPhone users.

Quick way to access the emergency contact for Android users.


Finding a parking space being one of the major challenges car owners in Lagos face, one would think the busy city has everything but parking spaces for car owners.
This is definitely not the case as many institutions now have provisions for commercial parking facilities, which a car owner could easily find by using the Parchive

These car parks differ in designs and styles but they provide one thing to their customers, parking space for their cars. 

Here are different kinds of car parks you’ll most definitely find in Lagos. 

Multi-story Car Parks:

This is a building with a number of floors designed for automobile parking.
The earliest known multi-story car park was built in May 1901, by the suburban electric carriage company, in London, with spaces for 100 vehicles over 7 floors.
A typical multi Storey car park in Lagos is The Campbell Centre, Lagos Island.

It is one of the largest car park facilities in Nigeria, with a capacity of 450+, to accommodate cars on 5 floors. It is an indoor, stacked car park.

With Parchive, which provides services for car owners to find safe car parks, it is easy to navigate your way to one of the multi Storey car parks in the city.

Underground Car parks:

Closed or underground car parks are usually located under a building. Underground car parks have several levels supported by pillars.

Research shows that the world’s first underground parking lot was a 250  car parking garage in the Alden Towers Manor, in 1927.

Movement from one floor to another is made easy for drivers with the use of a ramp.

Single level Car park:

A single-level car park is located on the surface and has only one floor.  It is easy to access as there are no poles.

Single-level car parks are common in Lagos, one would easily find these parks in malls or other busy parts of the city.

Access to these car parks is usually faster and maneuvering out of the park is easy too.
One good example of a single-level car park is the First Mega Century car park in Ikoyi.

The car park has a well-structured facility with a capacity of 100+, as well as a car washing service.

The facility which runs from Monday through Saturday with a parking fee as low as N500 is one of the most secured spots for car parking.

Automated Car parking system:

This is a mechanical parking system that moves Cars from entry to available spaces.

It is entirely mechanical and does not require much human maneuvering. It uses multiple levels and cars are parked vertically, and as a result, fewer land spaces are used to park as many cars as possible.

The Campbell Centre runs a multi-level, with an automated entry and exit system.

To easily make car park reservations in Lagos, this YouTube video shows how to make reservations with Parchive.

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Our dear city, Lagos, is proudly the most populous city in Africa. Sits beautifully on an elevation of 41m, the financial centre for the continent and houses the busiest sea ports in the continent too. So busy a city, that people hardly sleep a wink. 
We love our recreations too. And one thing we also all love is our cars! 

The love for our automobiles knows no bounds. We literally, sometimes sleep in them, all thanks to traffic. Lagos, being filled with these beauties in four wheels and drivers, either too reluctant to take their cars off theirs sights, mostly for security reasons,  or unwilling to find car parks, often end up with the four wheeled beauties on the walkway. 

Yes, the walkway. Many a times, it’s a wonder how pedestrians tend to maneuver their way through the city. 

Cars parked tail to tail in long rows, causing both automobile and human traffic, in streets and major roads. 

Car parks aren’t obsolete, no. 

These car park spaces are located at strategic places around the city, with 0 to 20 percent of drivers utilizing their features in maximum.  Hence, leaving the streets and roads filled with parked vehicles.

This menace springs it’s root from buildings being erected without consideration for parking lots, residential areas being built without a second thought at residents’ parking spaces, schools being built everywhere, without a space for parents’ cars during drop and pick up time. 

Should we talk about office complexes without a parking lot for their employees?  Over time, roads and walkways are now being doubled as car parks. 

Roads now being narrowed as a result of walkway parking, making it difficult for commuters and pedestrians to safely go about their daily duties. A study by the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA shows that major causes of traffic jam is walkway or road side parking. 

The use of organised car parking system is an untapped business  that could solve the situation of grid lock traffic jam and incessant walkway parking in Lagos. 

If this system is properly inculcated in the society, it will not only take away the annoying traffic jam, but would go a long way in improving the conditions of living.