The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


April 19, 2014

FYI for 4/20/14

Anderson-Burris provides Vitalboards to homeowners

Anderson-Burris Funeral Home & Crematory has invested back into the community in order to promote the saving of lives.

Owners Richard and Monte Burris recognized an opportunity to assist local first responders through a marketing initiative that could help save lives. The Vitalboards initiative, which has been mailed to homeowners ages 55-70, who reside within zip codes 73701 and 73703, is comprised of a write-on/wipe-off magnetic memo board that can be affixed to refrigerators. The boards have a Monday through Sunday planner, shopping list, note area and important phone numbers section. A wet erase marker with mounting clip will accompany the board, which should be placed on the front of the refrigerator door.

On the reverse side of each one, there is room for each resident to record critical health information. This vital information includes questions taken from surveyed EMS/fire/police and ER staff, and represents a portion of the required documentation needed in the event of a medical emergency. This ‘need to know’ information could help save a life if the resident is unable to speak or is otherwise incapacitated. Homeowners are instructed to fill out this information as accurately and legibly as possible. A small weatherproof sticker also is included, which should be affixed on or near the front door of each residence.

In the event of an emergency at a residence, first responders can identify the location of the Vitalboard on display to retrieve the homeowner’s vital information. These boards then can be taken easily on the ambulance to the hospital, where ER staff can further access this critical information.

Through the sponsoring of the Vitalboards initiative by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home, a donation has been made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), which assists those left behind by firefighters who have died in the line of duty. For more information on how you can donate directly to the NFFF, please contact them at 447-1365 or go to

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